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The Interpretation of Cultures

By Clifford Geertz, Foreword by Robert Darnton

  • Edition: REV
  • ISBN13: 9780465093557
  • Pub Date: 08/15/2017 | Price: $22.99 / $29.99 CAN
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • 576 Pages
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About the Book

Hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the hundred most influential books published since World War II

In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

About the Author

Clifford Geertz, the author of many books, is Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.


"As an anthropologist, philosopher, political
scientist, literary critic, and all-around, all-star intellectual, Clifford
Geertz helped a vast public make sense of the human condition."—Robert Darnton, New York Review of Books

"The eminent cultural
anthropologist.... Mr. Geertz was considered a founder of interpretive, or
symbolic, anthropology. But his influence extended far beyond anthropology to
many of the social sciences, and his writing had a literary flair that
distinguished him from most theorists and ethnographers."—Andrew Yarrow, New York Times

"Clifford Geertz [was]
an anthropologist whose imaginative studies of cultural groups from other
countries changed the intellectual underpinnings of anthropology and other
social sciences.... Dr. Geertz brought a distinctly literary sensibility to the
study of anthropology with his sophisticated prose and vivid descriptions of
social customs abroad.... Dr. Geertz's ornate, allusive accounts of other cultures
came to define a new field of study called ethnography."—Washington Post

"Clifford Geertz is
one of those rare scholars: the thinking person's liberal, who spurns easy
banalities."—Lionel Shriver, Guardian (UK)

"Clifford Geertz was
the foremost anthropologist of the past 40 years and perhaps the first of his
trade to become world-famous.... His copious works first supplemented, then
superseded the mighty labours of the founding fathers of the discipline."—Independent (UK)

"Clifford Geertz [was]
arguably the best-known and most influential American anthropologist of the
past several decades."—Richard Schweder, Common Knowledge

"One of the most
articulate cultural anthropologists of this generation. Geertz has consistently
attempted to clarify the meaning of 'culture' and to relate that concept to the
actual behavior of individuals and groups."—Elizabeth Colson, Contemporary Sociology