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By Clifford Geertz

In a heavily saw learn of 2 Indonesian cities, Clifford Geertz analyzes the method of monetary switch when it comes to humans and behaviour styles instead of source of revenue and construction. one of many infrequent empirical stories of the earliest levels of the transition to trendy monetary progress, "Peddlers and Princes" bargains very important proof and generalizations for the economist, the sociologist, and the South East Asia professional.

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Two Indonesian Towns • 20 the narrow streets almost any day of the week, the general effect is one of a society in which the solvent powers of a market economy and of nationalist politics are only just beginning to be felt. This "just beginning" quality of Tabanan comes out even more strongly when the town and the countryside around it are seen against the comparative background of Modjokuto. On the urban side, the occupational structures of the two towns contrast rather strikingly: m Modjokuto about 86 per cent of the population is engaged in non-agricultural- in broad terms, "commercial"activities, in Tabanan only about 50 per cent; in Modjokuto very few still make a living from the land, in Tabanan almost half do: 8 MODJOKUTO (N = 5,010) TABANAN (N = 2,521) Per cent of Employed Labor Force Per cent of Employed Labor Force ...................

A white row of new Balinese retail stores has appeared along the main street; two fairly large bus lines have been formed by Balinese chauffeurs and mechanics; several shoe factories, stores, and repair shops flourish; there is a large new book store to serve the expanding school population; two or three new furniture shops have opened, and so on. On the political level, the intensity of the conflicts which led up to the abdication of the king, the expansion of the bureaucracy to create an education-based civil servant class 10 See H.

Geertz, "The Javanese Village," in G. ), National and Local Loyalties in the Indonesian Village: A Symposium (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959). Two Indonesian Towns • 23 independent of the traditional nobility, and the increasingly rapid growth of the still small Communist party in the town seem to herald a deeper penetration of nationalism into the local scene. Although nearly all these changes have taken place since the Revolution, the majority of them in the last three or four years, they almost certainly promise Tabanan a future radically different from its past.

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