This book covers the relationship between societies and their
culture in the context of traditional settlement in Indonesia. The
focus of the study is on the search for meanings of local concepts.
This study reveals and analyzes the concepts concerning home and
their sociocultural strategies for maintaining a sense of community
and identity. In this study, identifying local concepts becomes the
hallmark and the hub of analyses that explore, verify and establish
relations between ideas and phenomena. Based on these relations,
this study attempts to capture the reality of the local world that
upholds and sustains the communities' values, norms and principles
for what they may call a homeland. The book is organized into two
parts. Part I describes a cross-regional habitation in Indonesia,
while Part II presents four ethnic regions of Indonesia - Sa'dan
Toraja, Bali, Naga and Minangkabau. Their unique traditions,
customs, beliefs and attitudes serve to provide diversity in terms
of their backgrounds and lifestyles, though they share the
challenge of sustaining their sense of home in the face of
modernity as characterized by changes and developments toward a
technologically industrialized society. The central research
questions are - What is development in terms of culture and
environmental sustainability? How do these communities respond to
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