The Interpretation Of Cultures

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Basic Books, 1973 - History - 470 pages
Frontmatter Preface to the 2000 Edition Preface PART I Chapter 1/ Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture PART II Chapter 2/ The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man Chapter 3/ The Growth of Culture and the Evolution of Mind PART III Chapter 4/ Religion As a Cultural System Chapter 5/ Ethos, World View, and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols Chapter 6/ Ritual and Social Change: A Javanese Example Chapter 7/ "Internal Conversion" in Contemporary Bali PART IV Chapter 8/ Ideology As a Cultural System Chapter 9/ After the Revolution: The Fate of Nationalism in the New States Chapter 10/ The Integrative Revolution: Primordial Sentiments and Civil Politics in the New States Chapter 11/ The Politics of Meaning Chapter 12/ Politics Past, Politics Present: Some Notes on the Uses of Anthropology in Understanding the New States PART V Chapter 13/ The Cerebral Savage: On the Work of Claude LÚvi-Strauss Chapter 14/ Person, Time, and Conduct in Bali Chapter 15/ Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Acknowledgments Index.
 

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Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 

Contents

Thick Description Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture
3
PART II
31
The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man
33
The Growth of Culture and the Evolution of Mind
55
PART III
85
Religion As a Cultural System
87
Ethos World View and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols
126
Ritual and Social Change A Javanese Example
142
After the Revolution The Fate of Nationalism in the New States
234
The Integrative Revolution Primordial Sentiments and Civil Politics in the New States
255
The Politics of Meaning
311
Politics Past Politics Present Some Notes on the Uses of Anthropology in Understanding the New States
327
The Cerebral Savage On the Work of Claude LeviStrauss
345
Person Time and Conduct in Bali
360
Deep Play Notes on the Balinese Cockfight
412
Acknowledgments
455

Internal Conversion in Contemporary Bali
170
PART IV
191
Ideology As a Cultural System
193

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About the author (1973)

Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) was a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988.