Language and Art in the Navajo Universe

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University of Michigan Press, 1977 - Social Science - 214 pages
A study of Navajo culture with a view to its philosophical underpinnings examines the dynamism and adaptability of the Navajo language, and the enduring relevance of ritual in the Navajo world-view.

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2
44
CHAPTER 3
63
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Clifford Geertz, an American anthropologist, is known for his studies of Islam in Indonesia and Morocco and of the peasant economy of Java. But he is also the leading exponent of an orientation in the social sciences called "interpretation". Social life, according to this view, is organized in terms of symbols whose meaning we must grasp if we are to understand that organization and formulate its principles. Interpretative explanations focus on what institutions, actions, customs, and so on mean to the people involved. What emerges from studies of this kind are not laws of society, and certainly not statistical relationships, but rather interpretations, that is to say, understanding. Geertz taught for 10 years at the University of Chicago and has been the Harold F. Linder professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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