knowledge: further essays in interpretive anthropology.
New-York/N.Y./USA etc. 1983: Basic Books
(by Clifford Geertz)
Presented in III PARTS, with an author's Introduction, are 8 essays addressing the task of anthropological understanding, ie, to assay meaning systems & expressions in their local contexts by integrating ethnographic data with broader knowledge perspectives. PART I - contains Chpt (1) Blurred Genres: The Refiguration of Social Thought (see SA 30:1/82M1075); (2) Found in Translation: On the Social History of the Moral Imagination (see SA 27:3/79K0347); & (3) "From the Native's Point of View": On the Nature of Anthropological Understanding - uses Bronislaw Malinowski's, A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term to characterize basic problems in fieldwork concerning interpretation of "experience-near" concepts (ie, those presented from the local perspective); local concepts of the person found in Java, Bali, & Morocco are described. PART II - includes (4) Common Sense as a Cultural System - which discusses common sense as an organized presentation of thought about reality, with cultural variations illustrated using E. E. Evans-Pritchard's analysis of Azande witchcraft & showing diverse perspectives on hermaphroditism of Americans & Navajos; (5) Art as a Cultural System - examines the central importance of the social matrix of art, providing examples from fifteenth-century Italian painting, Moroccan Islamic poetry, the Yoruba sculptor's use of line, & use of color by New Guinean Abelam painters; (6) Centers, Kings, and Charisma; Reflections on the Symbolics of Power - discusses the religious & political symbolism of royal parades or progresses, using examples from Elizabethan England, fourteenth-century Indic Java, & eighteenth- & nineteenth-century Morocco; & (7) The Way We Think Now: Toward an Ethnography of Modern Thought - covers anthropological perceptions of primitive thought, models of mental processing by Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud, Noam Chomsky, & Claude Levi-Strauss, & methodological issues in the comparative study of thought, eg, linguistic classifications, convergent findings, & the characteristics of academic careers. PART III - includes (8) Local Knowledge: Fact and Law in Comparative Perspective - which examines cultural variation in adjudication, with examples from Bali, Islamic Moroccan, Malaysian, & Indic law. Notes.
source: Sociological Abstracts Inc. (paper version)
Using this text is also subject to the general HyperGeertz-Copyright-regulations based on Austrian copyright-law (2001), which - in short - allow a personal, nonprofit & educational (all must apply) use of material stored in data bases, including a restricted redistribution of such material, if this is also for nonprofit purposes and restricted to a specific scientific community (both must apply), and if full and accurate attribution to the author, original source and date of publication, web location(s) or originating list(s) is given ("fair-use-restriction"). Any other use transgressing this restriction is subject to a direct agreement between a subsequent user and the holder of the original copyright(s) as indicated by the source(s). HyperGeertz@WorldCatalogue cannot be held responsible for any neglection of these regulations and will impose such a responsibility on any unlawful user.
Each copy of any part of a transmission of a HyperGeertz-Text must therefore contain this same copyright notice as it appears on the screen or printed page of such transmission, including any specific copyright notice as indicated above by the original copyright holder and/ or the previous online source(s).