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H is e x a m in a t io n of the theater state in n in e teen th -c en tu ry B ali is an e x a m p l e of this: w e fin d treatments of political a n d social structure at h a m le t, irrigation system, a n d tem p le levels, of caste divisions, of trade, a n d of the rituals of hierarchy. T h a t Geertz sees all of these as necessary for a cultural a r g u m e n t, a n d that h e sees his inclusion of these elements as r en d e rin g a n “ idealist” charge absurd, is clear from his conclu sion to N e g a r a .
Nature and the social world, th e n , are always socially con structed, historical. T h ir d , in his conception of activity, the most fu n d a m e n ta l activity is that associated w it h pro ductio n. B u t M a r x n e ve r has a narrow conception of pro ductio n, as, for e x a m p l e , the pro duc tion of subsistence. : 5 7 ) . It is only in light of the previo us points that w e can suggest an interpretation of the fifth aspect of the m a te r ia lis m presented here: the appr o a ch to consciousness.
As one of our most able ethnographers, h e is one of the few anthro pologists w h o can p r o vid e detailed ecological, eco no m ic, a n d political in fo r m a tio n at the sam e t im e that h e engages in sophisti cated symbolic analysis. H is e x a m in a t io n of the theater state in n in e teen th -c en tu ry B ali is an e x a m p l e of this: w e fin d treatments of political a n d social structure at h a m le t, irrigation system, a n d tem p le levels, of caste divisions, of trade, a n d of the rituals of hierarchy.