Cultural Sociology

Interpreting Clifford Geertz

Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences

Authors: Alexander, Jeffrey C., Smith, Philip

Editors: Norton, M. (Ed.)

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Theorist Clifford Geertz's influence extends far beyond Anthropology. This volume reflects the breadth of his influence, looking at Geertz as a theorist rather than as an anthropologist. To date there has been no impartial, comprehensive, and authoritative work published on this critical figure.  

About the authors

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER Professor of Sociology at Yale University, USA.
 
PHILIP SMITH Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University, USA.
 
MATTHEW NORTON PhD Candidate at Yale University, USA. 

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"Interpreting Clifford Geertz is a rich, many-sided, and illuminating collection of essays. This volume views Geertz's work from different countries and disciplines and explores its ambiguities and inconsistencies, while also emphasizing that much remains to be learned from it." - Peter Burke, Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge

"The oeuvre of Clifford Geertz is like a rare gem, demanding examination of its endless facets to appreciate its profundity and radiating influence. Congratulations to the editors for doing just that - bringing together the best and most diverse set of minds to assess this monumental figure in twentieth-century intellectual life. The result is an exceptional book, doing full justice to Geertz and furthering his labors." - Neil J. Smelser, University Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"This is the definitive statement on Geertz.I cannot imagine a more consistently interesting and insightful collection of reflections about Geertz's corpus, and its position in the meaning-centered social sciences. It will be required reading among cultural sociologists for many years to come." - Ronald N. Jacobs, University at Albany, author of The Space of Opinion


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Clifford Geertz

    Alexander, Jeffrey C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Semiotics and Thick Description (Barthes and Geertz)

    Brooks, Peter

    Pages 9-16

  • The Balinese Cockfight Decoded: Reflections on Geertz and Structuralism

    Smith, Philip

    Pages 17-32

  • On Not Doing Systems

    Errington, Joseph

    Pages 33-41

  • Geertzian Irony

    Warnke, Georgia

    Pages 45-54

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreting Clifford Geertz
Book Subtitle
Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences
Authors
Editors
  • M. Norton
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Jeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith, and Matthew Norton
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11898-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230118980
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11171-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11172-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 216
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