Clifford Geertz by His Colleagues

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 145 pages
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Clifford Geertz is the most influential American anthropologist of the past four decades. His writings have defined and given character to the intellectual agenda of a meaning-centered, nonreductive interpretive social science and have provoked much excitement and debate about the nature of human understanding.

As part of the American Anthropological Association's centennial celebration, the executive board sponsored a presidential session honoring Geertz. Clifford Geertz by His Colleagues compiles the twelve speeches given then by a distinguished panel of social scientists along with a concluding piece by Geertz in which he responds to each speaker and reflects on his own career. These edited speeches cover a broad range of topics, including Geertz's views on morality, cultural critique, interpretivism, time and change, Islam, and violence.

A fitting tribute to one of the great thinkers of our age, this collection will be enjoyed by anthropologists as well as students of psychology, history, and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Interpretation Morality and Cultural
10
Celebrating Geertzian Interpretivism
20
A Moral Matter
28
Clifford Geertz on Time and Change
38
Happenstance and Patterns
45
How He Saved
52
Clifford Geertz and Islam
63
Deep Play Violence and Social Reconstruction
76
The World If It Is Not in Pieces
89
Subjectivity and Cultural
98
Commentary
108
The Original Symposium Schedule
125
Index
141
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Richard A. Shweder is the William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Why Do Men Barbecue? Recipes for Cultural Psychology. Byron Good is professor of medical anthropology and chairman of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Medicine, Rationality, and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective.