The Interpretation Of Cultures

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Basic Books, 1973 - 470 pagine
One of the twentieth century's most influential books, this classic work of anthropology offers a groundbreaking exploration of what culture is
With The Interpretation of Cultures, the distinguished anthropologist Clifford Geertz developed the concept of thick description, and in so doing, he virtually rewrote the rules of his field. Culture, Geertz argues, does not drive human behavior. Rather, it is a web of symbols that can help us better understand what that behavior means. A thick description explains not only the behavior, but the context in which it occurs, and to describe something thickly, Geertz argues, is the fundamental role of the anthropologist.

Named one of the 100 most important books published since World War II by the Times Literary Supplement, The Interpretation of Cultures transformed how we think about others' cultures and our own. This definitive edition, with a foreword by Robert Darnton, remains an essential book for anthropologists, historians, and anyone else seeking to better understand human cultures.
 

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Indice

Thick Description Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture
3
PART II
31
The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man
33
The Growth of Culture and the Evolution of Mind
55
PART III
85
Religion As a Cultural System
87
Ethos World View and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols
126
Ritual and Social Change A Javanese Example
142
After the Revolution The Fate of Nationalism in the New States
234
The Integrative Revolution Primordial Sentiments and Civil Politics in the New States
255
The Politics of Meaning
311
Politics Past Politics Present Some Notes on the Uses of Anthropology in Understanding the New States
327
The Cerebral Savage On the Work of Claude LeviStrauss
345
Person Time and Conduct in Bali
360
Deep Play Notes on the Balinese Cockfight
412
Acknowledgments
455

Internal Conversion in Contemporary Bali
170
PART IV
191
Ideology As a Cultural System
193

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Informazioni sull'autore (1973)

Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) was a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988.

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