Download E-books The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays PDF

By Clifford Geertz

In The Interpretation of Cultures, the main unique anthropologist of his iteration moved a long way past the conventional confines of his self-discipline to increase a massive new proposal of tradition. This groundbreaking publication, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the yankee Sociological organization, helped outline for a whole new release of anthropologists what their box is eventually about.

Show description

Read or Download The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays PDF

Best Anthropology books

How Traditions Live and Die (Foundations of Human Interaction)

Of the whole lot we do and say, such a lot shouldn't be repeated or reproduced. on occasion, besides the fact that, an idea or a convention generates a sequence of transmission that covers extra distance via area and time than any one individual ever may well. What makes such transmission chains attainable? for 2 centuries, the dominant view (from psychology to anthropology) was once that people owe their cultural prosperity to their powers of imitation.

The Meme Machine (Popular Science)

What's a meme? First coined by way of Richard Dawkins within the egocentric Gene, a meme is any suggestion, habit, or ability that may be transferred from one individual to a different via imitation: tales, models, innovations, recipes, songs, methods of plowing a box or throwing a baseball or creating a sculpture. The meme is usually essentially the most important--and controversial--concepts to emerge because the foundation of the Species seemed approximately one hundred fifty years in the past.

The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

This Very brief creation employs the disciplines of historical past, spiritual experiences, and anthropology because it illuminates the complexities of Aztec existence. Readers meet a humans hugely expert in sculpture, astronomy, urban making plans, poetry, and philosophy, who have been additionally profoundly dedicated to cosmic regeneration throughout the thrust of the ceremonial knife and during battle.

Feast: Why Humans Share Food

The relatives dinner, the buyer luncheon, the vacation spread--the thought of individuals coming jointly for a meal turns out the main ordinary factor on the planet. yet that's by no means the case for many different participants of the animal country. In ceremonial dinner, archeologist Martin Jones offers either historical and glossy medical facts to light up how prehistoric people first got here to percentage meals and to track the ways that the human meal has formed our cultural evolution.

Additional resources for The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays

Show sample text content

Explicating explications, Winks upon winlts upon win15. AnBlysi�. lhen. is checking out lhe constructions of si&nification-wh al R)'le referred to as establ ished codes. Ii sornewhll. I misleadtng e�pression, for it makes the firm sound an excessive amount of like that of the cipher clerk while it i_ even more like thai of the literal)' critic-and settling on their social flooring and impon. the following, in our tut, such sorting ,,'Ould commence with di�tinguishtng the 3 unlikc frames of interpretation inaredient within the siluation. Jewish. Berber. and French, and may then circulate directly to convey how (and why) al lhat time. in that placc. their copresencc professional. du(. -ed a state of affairs in "'hich s)'slcmalic mi�understanding decreased tradi­ lional fOf"m to iQCial rarce What tripped Cohen up, and with him the wh-;,le. anc ient panero of MX:ial and econom ic relalinnshi� . whieh he funclloned, wal> II. confusion of tongues. .... ithin I shall C()IU( again to IhlS luo. compaeted aphorism later. besides the delalls of the textual content ilKlf. the purpose for ROW s i (01)' as 10 thai ethnograph)' OeseripUon; nm lNTERPRETATIO�' OF CULTURES ,. . ,,' Ihat is, to minimize iI, Out notwithstanding either Ihes. e Confu"ons slill exin. which he needs to contrive someway finlto gra�p after which to render. And ,d ... Ihls is right III the main down·to-earth, juogle box paintings degrees of his lie­ doubfleu may be alwa)'s ..... ith us, the mam resource of lheoretical no longer in convenl;onalized graphl or sound yet in brief uampJes 'haped beha... ior. a view wh;eh constructed within the minds and hearts of men," II or in contemporar), anthropology i! o Ward Goodenough. possibly sick leadif1g proponenl. "culture [is tracing propert)' linel. censusing houstholds . . . wliling his magazine. cncics. suspicious cmcndaliom, II. m..! tendentious commentarits, yet wriuen I response to them and is correct now very widel)' hdd-nllmd)', that. to Ii vii)': interviewing informants, staring at rituals, eliciting family phrases, buying and selling of) a manU5Cript-forclgn, pale, packed with ellipses.. inooher­ a selr-a)Rlaincd "super­ we obsef\'e in fael to oc. cur in a few idcnlifiabk neighborhood or and Doing ethnography is like tfying to rnd

Rated 4.48 of 5 – based on 5 votes