Summary: In essays covering everything from art and common sense to charisma and constructions of the self, the eminent cultural anthropologist and author of The Interpretation of Cultures deepens our understanding of human societies through the intimacies of "local knowledge." A companion volume to The Interpretation of Cultures, this book continues Geertz's exploration of the meaning of culture and the importance of shared cultural symbolism. With a new introducti
Summary: In essays covering everything from art and common sense to charisma and constructions of the self, the eminent cultural anthropologist and author of The Interpretation of Cultures deepens our understanding of human societies through the intimacies of "local knowledge." A companion volume to The Interpretation of Cultures, this book continues Geertz's exploration of the meaning of culture and the importance of shared cultural symbolism. With a new introduction by the author.
Edition/Copyright:83 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Basic Books, Inc. Published: 02/28/1985 International: No
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Geertz, Clifford : Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Clifford Geertz is Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of many books, including The Interpretation of Cultures.
"By displaying the tools with which an interpretive anthropologist works, he excites us over what is happening."
--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
"Geertz is still a rewarding writer and one of our most original and active social thinkers.... This is Geertz in his element: showing us that there is more to the obvious than meets the eye."
--James Kaufmann, Christian Science Monitor
"Over the past decade, Clifford Geertz ... has emerged as a name to reckon with.... The comparisons are shrewd and often illuminating."
--Paul Robinson, New York Times Book Review
"Geertz proves that an anthropologically informed study of culture is capable of providing us with insights equal to those of Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics and Jürgen Habermas's phenomenology."
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Part I Blurred Genres: The Refiguration of Social Thought Found in Translation: On the Social History of the Moral Imagination "From the Native's Point of View": On the Nature of Anthropological Understanding
Part II Common Sense as a Cultural System Art as a Cultural System Centers, Kings, and Charisma: Reflections on the Symbolics of Power The Way We Think Now: Toward an Ethnography of Modern Thought
Part III Local Knowledge: Fact and Law in Comparative Perspective
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