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After the Fact

Two Countries, Four Decades, One Anthropologist

After the Fact( )
Author: Geertz, Clifford
Series title:The Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures
ISBN:978-0-674-00872-4
Publication Date:Oct 1996
Publisher:Harvard University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $28.50
Book Description:

In looking back on four decades of anthropology in the field, Clifford Geertz creates a personal history that is also a retrospective reflection on developments in the human sciences amid political, social, and cultural changes in the world.

Book Details
Pages:208
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Anthropology / General
Social Science / Sociology / General
Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.928 x 8.853 x 0.235 Inches
Book Weight:0.704 Pounds
Author Biography
Geertz, Clifford (Author)
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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