Rationality of Social Action of the Yogyakarta Palaceís Courtiers

Rationality of Social Action of the Yogyakarta  Palaceís Courtiers
Authors : Sindung Haryanto
Publication Date: 28-02-2013


Author(s):  Sindung Haryanto

Published in:   International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology

License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Volume/Issue:   Vol.2 - Issue 2 (February - 2013)

e-ISSN:   2278-0181


Courtiers of the Yogyakarta Palace devoted themselves with a high level of dedication, submissiveness and loyalty despite the low wages. Such phenomenon posed theoretical problems for utilitarian social science assuming basically acquisitive and success-oriented human beings with a focus on immediate returns. The purposes of the present study were to explore the rationality and motives underlying the courtier°« decisions of choosing courtier as profession and to challenge and reconstruct social theories in the context of rationality of social action of the Yogyakarta Palace°«s courtiers. The study was conducted at the Yogyakarta Palace by using a qualitative approach and socio- phenomenological perspective. An in-depth interview technique was used to collect data from 16 informants. Results indicated that courtiers°∆ underlying motives were not entirely of economic. In addition, there were theoretical problems related to the phenomenon of courtiers°« devotion to the Yogyakarta Palace, either in the perspectives of Weber°«s theory of rational action, Parsons°« theory of social action, Blau°«s theory of social exchange, and theories of symbolism.


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