Forgotten moralities of agrarian economy in Bali

Production and exchange, business and friendship

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  • 1 Massey University G.S.MacRae@massey.ac.nz
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Abstract

The provisioning of human societies is widely understood in terms of technological, ecological, and economic processes. It is also, somewhat less widely, recognized as a social and cultural process, but rarely as a moral one. As the concept of “moral economy,” which drew attention to the moral embedment of agrarian economies, has faded from view in the analysis of radically changing agrarian landscapes, the moral dimensions of agrarian economies have progressively become obscured. This article summarizes recent transformations of the moral economy of rice in Bali and discusses a project of economic development in which the project’s moral dimensions were revealed only in its failure.

Contributor Notes

Graeme MacRae studied architecture and anthropology in Australian and New Zealand universities, and since 1998 he has taught anthropology at Massey University’s Auckland campus. He has researched a wide range of topics in Bali, and occasionally Jogjakarta (Indonesia) and (northern and southern) India. His recent research has focused increasingly on the intersections between “development” and “environment,” especially the technological interventions by which human societies interact purposefully with ecological systems. Email: G.S.MacRae@massey.ac.nz

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