Social Changes in Jogjakarta

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Much has been written about the political, social, and economic life of prewar Indonesia, when the country was a colony of the Netherlands. Dutch scholars and administrators have contributed substantially to the study of the people and country of Indonesia; and when Indonesia emerged as an independent country after the Second World War, it enjoyed the increasing attention of other foreign students in various fields, the great proportion of these being American. Because of their serious efforts to arrive at the core of the problems of Indonesia, many of these foreign students have shown a deep understanding of and a clear insight into the issues involved. Nevertheless, the foreign culture of the Western scholar does not permit him fully to cross the cultural barriers and acquaint himself with the ways of thinking and reasoning of the various groups in Indonesian society. This does not by any means deny the fact that the scholarly work done by many foreign students has been extremely useful in shedding new light upon the social and other problems of Indonesia. For the Indonesians themselves it has also provided the advantage of becoming aware of the way in which Western people understand Indonesia. While working in . . .

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Ithaca, NY
Publication year:
  • 1962

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