Socio-religious values and socio-economic development are interdependent, interrelated, and are constantly changing in the context of macro political structures, economic policy, religious organizations, and globalization; and micro influences such as local affinities, identity, politics, leadership and beliefs. The three Lopait communities in Central Java, Indonesia provide an excellent model of a rich and complex negotiations and interactions among all of the above factors. The book argues that the comprehensive approach in understanding the socio-religious values of each local community is essential to accurately describing their respective identity which will help institutions and agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, to relate to these communities with dignity and respect.
Endorsements & Reviews-
Indonesia is currently experiencing a widespread process of reevaluation of political and social norms and standards largely put in place during the 1960s and 1970s. One aspect of this process is the current experimentation with local autonomy. Another is the reassessment of tradition and its relationship to development. There is great variety in the way in which Indonesians approach these issues. This study of three communities in Central Java demonstrates just how complex these patterns of reconsideration can be in contemporary Indonesia. -R. H. Barnes, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
Dr. Budijanto's careful study of three local hamlets in central Java addressing key development themes of participation and identity deepens our understanding of the role of local religious leaders and local religious practices in effective community development. I commend this study with enthusiasm. -Vinay Samuel, Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life
In this important study, Dr. Budijanto brings his considerable experiences as a development practitioner to the study of development in rural Indonesia. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the diverse role within a community and more importantly the impact of religious systems on structure of rural societies. -Doug McConnell, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Seminary
Dr. Budijanto offers an insightful analysis of participatory development in three Javanese communities and the important influences of socio-religious values. Development practitioners and scholars who seek to honor the dignity of minority voices and understand the impact of religious values on development will gain great value from the insights and principles offered in this study. - David Dahlin, Executive Vice President, Compassion International
Bambang Budijanto is the Vice-President of Asia Region at Compassion International. He was the founder and executive director of the Pesat Foundation in Indonesia from 1987 to 1997 and was the founder and director of the Institute for Community and Development Studies from 1997 to 1999. He currently serves on the board of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, as well as the Honorary Director for Mission Commission of the Asia Evangelical Alliance and as a member of the Editorial Board of Transformation Journal. He received his PhD from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and the University of Wales.