By Jeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith, M. Norton
Theorist Clifford Geertz's impression extends a long way past Anthropology. This quantity displays the breadth of his impression, Geertz as a theorist instead of as an anthropologist. so far there was no neutral, entire, and authoritative paintings released in this severe determine.
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42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. , p. 417. , p. 419. Ibid. , p. 420. , pp. 423–4. , p. 436. , p. 437. , p. 434. , p. 448. Ibid. I cannot resist pointing out here that this explanatory move is entirely characteristic of no other person than that bête noire Claude Lévi-Strauss. His great myth analyses of Asdiwal, Oedipus, and so forth also culminate in statements to the effect that these are opaque metameditations upon the mysteries, contradictions, and ambiguities of life. Ironically Geertz’s flight from structuralism has turned into a run around the block—and this has brought him back to the French master’s street corner stall.
So if much contemporary cultural sociology looks more structural than hermeneutic, this arguably says more about talent than about ambition. Still, if it manages to appear somewhat structural and somewhat hermeneutic, this could well be for a good reason. Notes An earlier and slightly different version of this chapter appeared in Cultural Sociology 2, 2: 169–86. There I was more particularly concerned with the relationship of Geertz to the Yale Strong Program in cultural sociology. 1. Geertz, Clifford.
A dozen years after the publication of The Interpretation of Cultures, this somewhat rich and complex vision had been passed over, to be replaced by a smorgasbord of offerings that saw culture as dependent and derivative. Then Geertz himself became cannon fodder. Far from being a sensitive and respectful observer engaged in a complex hermeneutical dialogue with other cultures, he was taken to be an imperialist observer and textual conjurer willfully imposing his arrogant ethnographic authority on subordinate peoples.
Interpreting Clifford Geertz: Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith, M. Norton