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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Majbroda, Katarzyna.   Clifford Geertz’s interpretive anthropology: between text, experience and theory / Katarzyna Majbroda.     pages cm. — (Cross-roads Polish studies in culture, literary theory, and history, ISSN 2191-6179 ; volume 9)   Includes bibliographical references.   ISBN 978-3-631-65775-1 — ISBN 978-3-653-05124-7 (E-Book) 1. Symbolic anthropology. 2. Geertz, Clifford. I. Title.   GN452.5.M347 2015   306.4--dc23


Translated by Izabela Kołbon, Zuzanna Buchowska and Olga Ranus The studies were financed by the National Science Centre, as part of financing the internship after obtaining the PhD degree, decision no. DEC- 2013/08/S/HS2/00198. ISSN 2191-6179 ISBN 978-3-631-65775-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05124-7 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05124-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2016 All rights reserved. PL Academic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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