Description - Community in the Balance by James Hagen
Community in the Balance presents a fresh perspective on some classic socialscience issues. It examines the conflicts and tensions that permeate day-to-dayinteractions of a people in a remote region of the eastern Indonesian province ofMaluku. The Maneo openly tout the pleasures of living alone in the forests ofSeram away from the demands of kith and kin and the scrutiny that comes fromlife in villages in close proximity. The option is real. Yet while the incessant socialdemands and low-level enmities they attribute to village life are also felt, mostacutely in the peril of sorcery, the accounts of strife are exaggerated to helpestablish the mutuality of the terms on which people do associate-as a collectivesacrifice and virtue. Drawing on Aristotelian ideas of morality and exploring themodalities of recognition, desire, and displacement, the book focuses on thestrategies of negotiation and obfuscation Maneo employ to foster community life.As volition is central to moral practice, the book's analysis of the subsequentreligious conflagration that swept the province between 1999 and 2002illuminates how fears and rumors of attack narrowed options that mightotherwise have enabled enough people to opt out, condemn the violence, andperhaps contain it.
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Author Biography - James Hagen
Jim Hagen lived in Indonesia for four years, including 20 months of field work on the island of Seram. Currently an administrator at Trinity College, he has taught at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Cincinnati, and John Carroll University and has lectured widely.