Art as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Art as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia Book Reviews / Asian Journal of Social Science 36 (2008) 681–693 689 Kathleen Adams (2006) Art as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia . Honolulu: Hawai’i University Press. 286 pages, 15 colour plates, 20 black and white photographs. ISBN-13: 978-0-8248-3072-4 In this highly personal, vividly rendered narrative, Kathleen Adams draws upon over two decades of fieldwork to give us a sensitively nuanced picture of Sa’dan Toraja society and identity as it has been recently developing in the wider context of provincial and national politics, Christianisation, inter-religious tensions, globalisation, and the impacts of tourism on Toraja economy and self-perceptions. Th e Toraja live in the mountainous northern highlands of the province of South Sulawesi, and their homeland, Tana Toraja, is in the curious position of being the only largely Christian regency within this otherwise Muslim province. From the 1970s, adventure tourists began to be attracted by Tana Toraja’s rug- gedly beautiful landscapes, its extraordinary architecture, and its complex and dramatic ceremonial life. Th is influx of foreign visitors, as well as the steady stream of Toraja out- migration to other areas in search of work or further education, have both had significant impacts on how http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

Art as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia

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BRILL
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1568-4849
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1568-5314
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10.1163/156853108X327191
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Book Reviews / Asian Journal of Social Science 36 (2008) 681–693 689 Kathleen Adams (2006) Art as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia . Honolulu: Hawai’i University Press. 286 pages, 15 colour plates, 20 black and white photographs. ISBN-13: 978-0-8248-3072-4 In this highly personal, vividly rendered narrative, Kathleen Adams draws upon over two decades of fieldwork to give us a sensitively nuanced picture of Sa’dan Toraja society and identity as it has been recently developing in the wider context of provincial and national politics, Christianisation, inter-religious tensions, globalisation, and the impacts of tourism on Toraja economy and self-perceptions. Th e Toraja live in the mountainous northern highlands of the province of South Sulawesi, and their homeland, Tana Toraja, is in the curious position of being the only largely Christian regency within this otherwise Muslim province. From the 1970s, adventure tourists began to be attracted by Tana Toraja’s rug- gedly beautiful landscapes, its extraordinary architecture, and its complex and dramatic ceremonial life. Th is influx of foreign visitors, as well as the steady stream of Toraja out- migration to other areas in search of work or further education, have both had significant impacts on how

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

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