Palmier, Leslie H.. Social status and power in Java

Table of Contents

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1: Outline Of Indonesia



2: Status-systems



Conflict Between Status-systems

Economic And Social Status

3: Objectives And Methods

Selection Of Field

Anonymity Of Locations

The Towns Of Enquiry

Subjects Of Study


Social Activity Observed

Languages Used


Personal Social Activities

Arrangement Of Material

4: Social Characteristics Of One Small Town



Internal Administrative Divisions

Layout Of The Town

Housing In The Town

The Life Of The Town

Points Of Assembly

5: The Javanese Regents

Under The Dutch East India Company

Daendels And Raffles

The Cultivation System


The Ethical Policy

New Administrative Services

Education Expanded

6: Status And Kinship Among The Javanese Nobility

The Javanese Village

The Principalities


Position And Kinship


The Modern Trend

7: Regents And Wives

The Traditional Administrative Structure

Marriages Of Regents

Head Wives And Secondary

Functions Of The Differential Marriage System

Descent And Culture

8: Maternal Status, Kinship And Appointments

Historical Development Of Differential Marriages

Wives And Kinship

Dispersion Of Appointments

Mother's Status And Marriage Of Children

Influence Of Mothers' Status, And Of Kinship, On Marriages And Appointments Of Children

Husband's Father Versus Father-in-law

Power Through Status

9: Poverty And Honour

Higher And Lower Nobility

Four Leaders

Batik And The Nobility

Elements In Status

The Power Of Status

Appendix To Chapter 9: Javanese New Year Visiting Patterns

10: Nobility And Officials

New Men

Formal Situations

Informal Situations

Islam, Officials And The Nobility

Conditions Of Leadership

11: Javanese-chinese Relationships

Residential Factors

The Chinese And Javanese As Communities

Chinese And Poor Javanese

Chinese And The Javanese Nobility



Male And Female

Status Through Power

12: The Provisional Regional People's Representative Assembly: ( Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah Sementara )

Historical Development

Composition Of The Assembly For The Regency

The Regional Government Board For The Regency

Key Positions In The Assembly

Tasks Of The Assembly

Social Differences Within The Assembly

Proceedings Of Assembly

Provisional Regional People's Representative Assembly

The Power Limits Of Status

13: Informal Relationships Among Officials

Channels Of Social Intercourse

Mixing With Chinese

Cultural Symbols And Their Function

The Necessity Of Corruption

Meetings At The Top

14: The Public Recognition Of Status

Indonesian National Day

Lesser National Days

Inauguration Of Breeding Station

Anniversary Of Regional Assembly

Ceremonies Of Particular Groups

National And Sectional Status Systems

15: The Transmission Of Power

Status And Power Reviewed

The Westernized Sphere As A Meeting-ground

The Reduction Of Differences In Power

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Social status and power in Java

Published By: Original publisher London: Athlone Press. [1969]. 10, 171 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Leslie H. Palmier

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2019. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Javanese (OE05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Classes (565); Religious denominations (795); Education system (871); Status, role, and prestige (554); Districts (634); Ethnic stratification (563); Towns (632); Kin relationships (602); Textile industries (288); Administrative agencies (647);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source contains information on power and status in Central Java. The author’s purpose was to investigate “…systems of status in Java and their relation to changes in the administrative and economic field” (p. 10). Information is presented on the Javanese Regents; status and kinship among the Javanese nobility; regents and wives; maternal status, kinship, and appointments; poverty and honor; nobility and officials; Javanese-Chinese relationships; the Provisional Regional People’s Assembly; informal relationships among officials; the public recognition of status; and the transmission of power. The author concludes that systems of status have changed.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. oe05-006

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Revision of part of the authors thesis, University of London, 1956 Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-168)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1951-1954

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Marlene Martin ; 1982

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1951-1954

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) central Java, Indonesia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Javanese (Indonesian people)/Social status--Indonesia--Java//Java (Indonesia)--Social conditions


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