By Peter R. Goethals
Relatively short surveys of 2 to 3 months by means of Indonesian graduate scholars in the course of 1955-1956 in twenty-three villages on Java and fourteen on Sumatra helped set the level for next reports intensive via 4 social anthropologists. those reports were undertaken in important Java, in West Java (one close to Bogor and one close to Sumedang) and Sumbawa, respectively by means of Dr. Koentjaraningrat, Dr. Gerald Williams, Andrea Wilcox Palmer, and Dr. Peter Goethals.
The facts accrued and analysed in those experiences may be of curiosity to the political scientist and sociologist attracted to Indonesia in addition to to the anthropologist. In view of the immense components of universal predicament within the examine of those 4 anthropologists, it's our wish that their information will let a few significant comparability and that the importance of a few in their findings could have a relevance transcending the Indonesian scene and turn out beneficial to social scientists operating in different areas.
In any case there may be doubtless as to the intrinsic worth of
Dr. Goethals’ research and of its importance to social scientists of no matter what self-discipline who're considering modern Indonesia. established upon years of extensive study in western Sumbawa, his is the 1st of the village stories intensive to seem within the Cornell smooth Indonesia Project’s Monograph sequence. - George McT. Kahin, August 1961
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