Clifford Geertz

Geertz, Clifford James

Clifford James Geertz (gĬrts), 1926–2006, American cultural anthropologist, b. San Francisco. He was a professor of anthropology at the Univ. of Chicago from 1960 to 1970, when he became a professor (1970–2000) of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He also served as Eastman Professor at Oxford (1978–79). Famous for advocating a Weberian approach to culture, he did fieldwork in Java, Bali, and Morocco. He has explored the interpretive and critical methodologies of anthropology and argued that cultures should be interpreted as texts, much like literature. A prolific and highly gifted writer, his works include Peddlers and Princes (1963), Agricultural Involution (1963), Islam Observed (1968), The Interpretation of Cultures (1973), Myth, Symbol, and Culture (1974), Negara: The Theater State in Nineteenth-Century Bali (1980), Local Knowledge (1983), Works and Lives (1988), and a memoir, After the Fact (1995).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays
Clifford Geertz.
Basic Books, 1973
Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology
Clifford Geertz.
Basic Books, 2000 (3rd edition)
Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics
Clifford Geertz.
Princeton University Press, 2000
Life among the Anthros and Other Essays
Clifford Geertz; Fred Inglis.
Princeton University Press, 2010
Shifting Aims, Moving Targets: On the Anthropology of Religion*
Geertz, Clifford.
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Conceptualizing Religion: Immanent Anthropologists, Transcendent Natives, and Unbounded Categories
Benson Saler.
Berghahn Books, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Geertz: Religion as a Cultural System" begins on p. 93
Culture in Mind: Cognition, Culture, and the Problem of Meaning
Bradd Shore.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Clifford Geertz: Bringing Culture to Mind" begins on p. 32
Culture and Critique: An Introduction to the Critical Discourses of Cultural Studies
Jere Paul Surber.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "'Applied' Hermeneutics and Contemporary Social Science: Geertz's Approach to Anthropology" begins on p. 63
Not What We Read but How: Where T.S. Eliot Meets Clifford Geertz
Brodey, Inger Sigrun.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, No. 2, June 1999
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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The Problem of Context
Roy Dilley.
Berghahn Books, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "As They Like It: Overinterpretation and Hyporeality in Bali"
The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture
Giles Gunn.
Oxford University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Semiotics of Culture and the Diagnostics of Criticism: Clifford Geertz and the Moral Imagination"
Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice
Catherine Bell.
Oxford University Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Geertz and the Window of Ritual" begins on p. 25
Mirrored Images: American Anthropology and American Culture, 1960-1980
Susan R. Trencher.
Bergin & Garvey, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Clifford Geertz begins on p. 33
Talking Culture: Ethnography and Conversation Analysis
Michael Moerman.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Clifford Geertz begins on p. 87
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