Gentry: Social Change in Java: The Tale of a Family Umar Kayam

ISBN: 9780987463722

Published: December 28th 2014

Paperback

270 pages


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Gentry: Social Change in Java: The Tale of a Family  by  Umar Kayam

Gentry: Social Change in Java: The Tale of a Family by Umar Kayam
December 28th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 270 pages | ISBN: 9780987463722 | 4.57 Mb

From their origin in paddy mud during the final decades of the Dutch East Indies, to unimagined roles within the new structures of a modernising Indonesia, Gentry is the saga of an extended Javanese family heroically pursuing its dream ofMoreFrom their origin in paddy mud during the final decades of the Dutch East Indies, to unimagined roles within the new structures of a modernising Indonesia, Gentry is the saga of an extended Javanese family heroically pursuing its dream of betterment through a social leap.

There was in that era at the start of this story a unique route by which an exceptionally determined peasant might attain the status of a priyayi--a class of functionary gentry with a government salary, bureaucratic aristocrats with duties divorced from manual labour, bearers of noble principles of responsibility, figures infinitely esteemed by the illiterate masses below them. That road was education. In 1920s Java, as little as five years of primary schooling--when obtainable--could make the difference.

Sastrodarsonos epic begins in the dearth and misery fixed in the race-memory of his forebears, and too in an awareness of where history is tending. The good will of a local priyayi administrator gains for the young man sufficient schooling to qualify him for a position as a humble village-teacher. He has mastered the sciences, in the view of the astonished countryside from which he derives.

Out of him will spring and extend a clan of such gentry- his children, who will now be born priyayi, shall go on to greater achievements, higher levels of education and prestige, to further consolidate their gentility. And as they do--and Umar Kayam movingly and with wry humour describes the parade of those generations progressing in joy and in sorrow to further their founders grand ideal--suddenly the immemorial stability of the Indies is riven by war, invasion, a liberation struggle, rebellion and coup, and by the stresses consequent on an awakening country confronting modernity.

Ultimately, Darsonos striving addresses to the reader and to all social humanity an inevitable question: have we any choice as human beings but to evolve and endeavour? Kayam answers it as creditably as anyone can: one must go on, whatever the difficulties surrounding life- go on and take as many others as possible forward with oneself, in the spirit of duty to family, to nation, and to the human race.

The simple ambitions of a Javanese peasant are in this book transformed into a philosophical quest with universal relevance.



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