Clifford Geertz


Born
in San Francisco, California, The United States
August 23, 1926

Died
October 30, 2006

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Clifford James Geertz was an American anthropologist and served until his death as professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

Average rating: 4.05 · 5,177 ratings · 196 reviews · 39 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Interpretation of Cultures

4.11 avg rating — 3,425 ratings — published 1973 — 36 editions
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Local Knowledge: Further Es...

4.04 avg rating — 295 ratings — published 1983 — 17 editions
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The Religion of Java

4.08 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 1960 — 3 editions
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Works and Lives: The Anthro...

3.89 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 1988 — 11 editions
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Islam Observed: Religious D...

3.77 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 1968 — 7 editions
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Available Light: Anthropolo...

3.97 avg rating — 127 ratings — published 2000 — 8 editions
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Negara: The Theatre State i...

3.72 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1980 — 6 editions
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Agricultural Involution: Th...

4.02 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 1963 — 5 editions
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Myth, Symbol, and Culture

4.25 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 1974 — 2 editions
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After the Fact: Two Countri...

3.81 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 1995 — 13 editions
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More books by Clifford Geertz…
“Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun.”
Clifford Geertz

“Cultural analysis is intrinsically incomplete. And, worse than that, the more deeply it goes the less complete it is.”
Clifford Geertz

“There is an Indian story -- at least I heard it as an Indian story -- about an Englishman who, having been told that the world rested on a platform which rested on the back of an elephant which rested in turn on the back of a turtle, asked (perhaps he was an ethnographer; it is the way they behave), what did the turtle rest on? Another turtle. And that turtle? 'Ah, Sahib, after that it is turtles all the way down”
Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures