Perspectives on Traditional Settlements and Communities
Home, Form and Culture in Indonesia
2014, XVI, 192 p. 44 illus.
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Provides interdisciplinary discussions and analyses on vernacular settlements, culture and society in Indonesia
Describes the relationship between people and their built environments in terms of culture, custom and tradition
Explores, reveals and analyzes the local concepts and practices of habitation that are essential to a sense of home in the sociocultural context
This book covers the relationship between societies and their culture in the context of traditional settlement in Indonesia. The focus of the study is on the search for meanings of local concepts. This study reveals and analyzes the concepts concerning home and their sociocultural strategies for maintaining a sense of community and identity. In this study, identifying local concepts becomes the hallmark and the hub of analyses that explore, verify and establish relations between ideas and phenomena. Based on these relations, this study attempts to capture the reality of the local world that upholds and sustains the communities’ values, norms and principles for what they may call a homeland. The book is organized into two parts. Part I describes a cross-regional habitation in Indonesia, while Part II presents four ethnic regions of Indonesia - Sa’dan Toraja, Bali, Naga, and Minangkabau. Their unique traditions, customs, beliefs and attitudes serve to provide diversity in terms of their backgrounds and lifestyles, though they share the challenge of sustaining their sense of home in the face of modernity, as characterized by changes and developments toward a technologically industrialized society. The central research questions are - What is development in terms of culture and environmental sustainability? How do these communities respond to modernity?
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Austronesians in Indonesia - Bali of Indonesia - Communities in Indonesia - Community and settlement in Indonesia - Cross-regional habitation in Indonesia - Culture and society in Indonesia - Culture in Indonesia - Diversity in Indonesia - Dwelling in Indonesia - Dwelling tradition and culture in Indonesia - Ethnic regions of Indonesia - Home in Indonesia - House and neighbourhood in Indonesia - Land and people in Indonesia - Language in Indonesia - Minangkabau of Indonesia - Modernity in Indonesia - Naga of Indonesia - Relationship between societies and their culture in Indonesia - Sa’dan Toraja of Indonesia - Terrain in Indonesia - Traditional settlements in Indonesia - Vernacular settlements in Indonesia