Bali's Silent Crisis

Bali's Silent Crisis : Desire, Tragedy, and Transition

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The terrorist attacks of 2002 and 2005 are the apex of a profound and deep-rooted crisis that has emerged through the period of Bali's modernization and its engagement with global tourism and the economy of pleasure. Bali's Silent Crisis records the challenges and horrors associated with transition, as well as the formidable beauty that remains intrinsic to the island's sense of cultural destiny.
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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739128205
  • 9780739128206
  • 1,171,655

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Temple of Doom: Shadows in the New Bali Chapter 3 Development and Destruction: The Consequences of Change Chapter 4 Bodies in Motion: Love and Desire in Contemporary Bali Chapter 5 In the State of Transition: Civil Society, Corruption, and the New Risk Culture Chapter 6 Terror, Territory, and God: The Cataclysm of Violence Chapter 7 Conclusion: Visions of the Eternal Spirit
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With academic backgrounds in cultural studies and health promotion they bring an interesting perspective to their subject and display an obvious concern for the long-term psychological health of Balinese caught up in the profound processes of change, violence, and desire that are encapsulated in the subtitle of their book...It is clear they have a great deal of affection for their subjects and come to their conclusions based on a long-term engagement with Bali...Overall the book is an ambitious undertaking in its attempt to synthesise and analyse such a wide array of topics and concerns. One of its strengths is the authors' attempt to address both positive and negative aspects of Balinese culture and society...It is refreshing to see a range of sources utilised that are not generally found in the more mainstream Bali studies literature...the book represents an important and welcome scholarly contribution to our understanding of the challenges faced by Balinese in engaging with their contemporary world and their cultural and social resilience in dealing with the historical legacy of the last hundred years. -- Brett Hough Inside Indonesia, April-June 2010 Bali's Silent Crisis is an ambitious undertaking that brings new perspectives to recent discussions on the difficult and contradictory situation in which Bali finds itself today, namely: a cultural-studies approach focusing on contests over meaning within a broadly political-economic framework; a gender/sexuality-based critique into the analysis of modern Balinese history; a focus on youth culture, especially in the under-researched areas of Denpasar and Kuta; a revalorization of the role of the 1960s "hippie" travelers in the making of tourist Bali; and, perhaps most importantly an effort to place the traumatic memories of 1965-6 at the center of the analysis of the contradictions of contemporary Balinese culture. As such it has something to say both to established scholars and visitors new to Bali. -- Graeme MacRae, Massey University
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About Belinda Lewis

Jeff Lewis is a professorial research fellow in the Global Cities Institute, School of Applied Communications at RMIT University. Belinda Lewis is a researcher in health promotion and international health in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University.
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