Interpreting Clifford Geertz : Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences / edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith, and Matthew Norton.

First edition.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2011], ©2011.
xiv, 216 pages ; 25 cm.


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"Meaning is everywhere and everybody must interpret. Nobody argued this more persuasively than Clifford Geertz. From Balinese cock fights to sheep raids to theater states, Geertz showed that there is no escape from the sticky webs of meaning that capture our lives. But what exactly is Geertz saying, and should we still listen to him? After all, many argue that his ideas have run out of steam. This book confronts Geertz and his critics, offering surprising answers from various disciplines and identifying for the first time the contours of "the Geertz Effect.""--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction: the Rise and Fall and Rise of Clifford Geertz / Philip Smith -- pt. I Geertz, Text, and Structure -- 2.Semiotics and Thick Description (Barthes and Geertz) / Peter Brooks -- 3.the Balinese Cockfight Decoded: Reflections on Geertz and Structuralism / Philip Smith -- 4.on Not Doing Systems / Joseph Errington -- pt. II Geertz, Interpretation, and Meaning -- 5.Geertzian Irony / Georgia Warnke -- 6.Clifford Geertz and the Strong Program: the Human Sciences and Cultural Sociology / Jeffrey C. Alexander -- 7.Maximal Interpretation in Clifford Geertz and the Strong Program in Cultural Sociology: Toward a New Epistemology / Isaac Ariail Reed -- 8.Thick Description as a Cosmopolitan Practice: a Pragmatic Reading / Paul Lichterman -- 9."Malarial and Diffident": the Vision of Clifford Geertz / Robin Wagner-Pacifici -- pt. III Geertz and the Disciplines -- 10.Thick Description, Thin History: Did Historians Always Understand Clifford Geertz? / Stuart Clark -- 11.Scientific Cultures / Peter Galison -- 12.Geertz's Legacy Beyond the Modes of Cultural Analysis of His Time: Speculative Notes and Queries in Remembrance / George E. Marcus -- 13."To locate in the tenor of their setting the sources of their spell": Clifford Geertz and the "Strong" Program in Cultural Sociology / Mats Trondman -- 14.Ritual, Power, and Style: the Implications of Negara for the Sociology of Power / Bernhard Giesen -- pt. IV Geertz, Life, and Work -- 15.Clifford Geertz as a Cultural System / David E. Apter -- 16.on Clifford Geertz: Field Notes from the Classroom / Robert Darnton -- 17.Afterword: the Geertz Effect / Matthew Norton.
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