Geertz, Hildred. Latah in Java: a theoretical paradox

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

Title: Latah in Java: a theoretical paradox

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Indonesia -- Vol. 5

Published By: Original publisher Indonesia -- Vol. 5 Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Modern Indonesia Project. 1968. 93-104 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Hildred Geertz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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 Personality disorders (158); Norms (183); Ethnopsychology (828); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source presents data on the social and cultural context of latah in Java. Latah is a psychological disturbance which includes "involuntary blurting of obscene words and phrases, compulsive imitation of the words or actions of others, and compulsive unquestioning obedience when ordered to perform actions which may be ridiculous, improper, or even dangerous" (pp. 93-94). The author concludes that "If it were not for the presence of latah elsewhere in the world, one would be tempted to conclude that the reason for its occurrence in Java is self-evident, that its congruence with Javanese culture sufficiently accounts for its appearance there" (p. 104).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 32

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. oe05-032

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1952-1954

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-5

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

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1952-1954

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Javanese (Indonesian people)


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