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Clifford Geertz’s Interpretive Anthropology

Between Text, Experience and Theory


Katarzyna Majbroda

Over the last decades Clifford Geertz’ interpretive anthropology has played an important role in the field of socio-cultural anthropology. The study presents the critical reception of his thoughts in Western countries and Polish anthropology. Interpretive anthropology is based on the category of interpretation and the concept of thick description: the assumed indexical nature of reality and the possibility of unraveling its order through semiotic analysis has influenced the epistemological reflection in anthropology, the approach to theory, fieldwork and the research process.
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A Few Words by Way of an Introduction

Chapter I.      Rethinking anthropology as a science

Chapter II.    Reading Clifford Geertz or the unbearable lightness of overinterpretation in socio-cultural anthropology

Chapter III.  Reception of ‘thick description’ in historiography. The case of Robert Darnton’s The Great Cat Massacre

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