Leadership and elite formation on Java; the aristocracy of Java in the 19th and 20th century; traditional forms of banditry and Islamic leadership in rural Java; village leadership and the new order on Java; the ideology of Javanese-Indonesian leadership; Pamong desa or raja - wealth, status and power of village officials in Java; village elections in central Java - state control of grassroots democracy?; leadership in an east Javanese village - the new order and Islam; can the Javanese do business?; the awakening of indigenous capitalists in Indonesia.
'one finds the description to be fascinating and pitched at an unusual level - not the national arena, but in the setting of the village. straightforward information, rich vignettes, and illustrative cas studies involving rural leadership formation under the New Order a good baseline for investigations of village officials in the post-New Order' - William Case, Asian Studies Review