By Mark Hobart
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The Arts Festival is one way to construct and develop Balinese cultural arts (seni budaya) and simultaneously a means to promoting tourism40. It was also a means of pushing artists to become more creative. So the theme of this Arts Festival was the realization of the national spirit, because in an era of global competition, the country needed to increase society’s enthusiasm to develop and improve on the past. Included in development are the nation’s arts and culture so as to possess 39 The commentator on the procession was Dr Wayan Dibia, then Deputy Director of STSI.
First, the idea of an anthropology as a growing body of true knowledge is seriously misplaced (see Chapter 4 below; also Hobart 1993a). Anthropology is best as, or if it is to survive destined to be, a doubly critical inquiry. That is it is at once into the conditions under which other people and the knowing scholarly subjects think and act, and the relationship between them. Second, we cannot assume a priori when, to what degree and under what circumstances people will share the presuppositions, interpretations or inferences of their anthropological analysts, nor what the significance of divergence (or convergence) would be.
Re-enactment, in addition to explaining actions, is the means by which the traditional, and for Collingwood false, distinction between theory and practice, and the mind and its objects can be overcome (Boucher 1992: xxviii-xxix). As we cannot assume the scholar’s and the subjects’ presuppositions, including how they go about thinking, are the same, it is also a critical inquiry. This is in a singular and strong of ‘critical’ as not just being critical of your own presuppositions (insofar as you are able to know these), but also because interrogation of the presuppositions and styles of inquiry of your subjects is likely to require you to rethink your own presuppositions.
After Culture: Anthropology as Radical Metaphysical Critique by Mark Hobart