Clifford Geertz
Basic Books, New York, 2009; originally published 1973, English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9780465097197

From the Publisher. 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.

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Kent Kleinman

Geertz is among the most insightful writers on culture and its proper mode of study. He is also one of the sharpest wits in print. He treats the interpretation of cultures as an art of keen observation, precise inscription, and creative interpretation, more akin to that of a literary critic than a social scientist. If nothing else, read the first chapter called “Thick Description,” and see if you ever experience a wink as you once did….

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