Ethnography in a time of blurred genres researchgate. For clifford geertz, culture was by the 1960s stuck in a conceptual morass in which the term was being stretched to explain an eclectic array of human phenomena. It is therefore important to reassess the possibilities and limits of ethnography as a literary genre if we are to understand the idiosyncrasies of its art. Another is that many social scientists have turned away from a laws and instances.
For the first written assignment, select two ethnographies one of them must have been published during the last decade. Geertz clifford works and lives the anthropologist as. Clifford james geertz august 23, 1926 october 30, 2006 was an american anthropologist. Please explain and give an example of the blurring of. Drawing from francine proses reading like a writer 2006, this article offers suggestions for reading ethnographies in a new way.
The most influential aspect of geertzs work has been his emphasis on the importance of the symbolic of systems of meaning as it relates to culture, cultural change, and the study of culture. Geertz conducted extensive ethnographical research in southeast asia and north africa. In an article called blurred genres, geertz set forth his vision. Navy in world war ii 194345, geertz studied at antioch college, ohio b. This cited by count includes citations to the following articles in scholar. That is why, for a long time, we were satisfied with clifford geertzs idea that all the genre required was thick description geertz 1973. In essays covering everything from art and common sense to charisma and constructions of the self, the eminent cultural anthropologist and author of the interpretation of cultures deepens our understanding of human societies through the intimacies of local knowledge. Clifford geertzs famous analysis of blurred genres is used to think through the fuzzy properties of this periods bilingualism and to argue that to understand the boundaries between english and french as blurred is revealing of the linguistic and social tensions that were the product of conflict between two closely intertwined cultures. I truths about the social sciences today seem selfevident. While theres some debate about the actual number 1. Toward an interpretive vii theory of culture 3 part ii chapter 21 the impact of the concept of culture on the concept of man 33 chapter 31 the growth of culture and the evolution of mind 55 part iii chapter 41 religion as a cultural system 87 chapter 51 ethos, world view, and the analysis of. Clifford geertz, american cultural anthropologist, a leading rhetorician and proponent of symbolic anthropology and interpretive anthropology.
The ones marked may be different from the article in the profile. Do not be troubled by the fact that some reduced languages he has just invented for didactic purposes consist only of imperatives. Stanford libraries official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more. Geertzs discussion of culture itself, rather than his discussion of ethnography as a method and cultural theory more broadly.
Further essays in interpretive social science new york. In a time of blurred genres, the line between fiction and nonfiction has become increasingly indistinct and it is no longer so clear where ethnography is to be positioned. Geertzs thick description is an analytical method as we discussed based on the example of deep play that aims to uncover meanings behind actions and symbols. Geertz and the interpretive approach in anthropology in contemporary thought, clifford geertzs name has become closely associated with an interpretive approach not only to anthropology but also to social science generally including history. Ethnography in a time of blurred genres deep blue university of. Fouad ajami looks at this issue from a different perspective. Clifford geertzs most popular book is the interpretation of cultures. Wiki for collaborative studies of arts, media and humanities.
King in glowing glasses at the 2012 ya literature symposium. The refiguration of social thought clifford geertz the american scholar 49. A read is counted each time someone views a publication summary such as the title, abstract, and list of authors, clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the fulltext. In other words, he is interested in how they write, what they do in writing. Jeff terich when 2014 came to an end, rob mitchum of deadspin compiled a master list of a number of publications best albums of the year, and found that far and away fka twigs atmospheric, ethereal pop record lp1 was the consensus favorite among critics last year. Genres, in the most simple of terms, are categories that we, as fans of music, place bands and artists into in order to help us define what we listen to. He therefore distinguishes between a thin description, which to extend our example describes only the wink itself, and a thick description, which explains the context of the practices and discourse within a society. For a downloadable, higher quality, version with a summary, please see interviews on. The interpretation of cultures is clifford geertzs attempt to lay out the epistemological goal of the field of cultural anthropology. Reflections on the symbolics of power thinks about what the balinese think, and what geertz thinks about that. However, within these histories we identified four themes that are clear indicators of movement toward narrative inquiry both in the research lives of individuals and in the disciplines. One is that there has been an enormous amount of genre mixing in intellectual life in recent years, and it is, such blurring of kinds, continuing apace.
Given the new genre dispersion, many have taken other approaches. Womens rich expressive culture, including religious culture, is oral. Get an answer for please explain and give an example of the blurring of literary genres in edgar allan poes stories. Geertzs influence has been particularly important in the interpretive aspect of his work geertz 1972, 1973, 1983, 1988, and his name is frequently associated with the foundations of the interpretative or critical anthropology for geertz and the hermeneutic. Interpretive explanationand it is a form of explanation, not just exalted glossographytrains its attention on what institutions, actions, images, utterances, events, customs, all the usual objects of socialscientific interest. However, a brief summary of his views of these topics will be helpful in grasping the overall signi. Toward an interpretive theory of culture study questions 1. Clifford geertz has 36 books on goodreads with 15168 ratings. Something is happening to the way we think about the way we think. Project handout on geertz and foucault mit opencourseware.
Geertz was an anthropologist, an advocate of phenomenological thick description in cultural study, and a theorist whose writings are quoted by historians, literary critics, and philosophers. Emergence of narrative inquiry through an exploration of the emergence of narrative inquiry, we found comprehensive outlines of this development existing already. A unique contribution of geertz, in terms of religious perspective, is his focus on how religions function in peoples lives. Clifford geertz simple english wikipedia, the free. The reconfigura tion of social thought, in local knowledge. The religion of java, geertz university of chicago press. Though the two activities are closely related, literary critics are not always, and have not always been, theorists. One is that there has been an enormous amount of genre mixing in intellectual life in recent years, and it is, such blurring of. The refiguration of social thought, in his local knowledge. A close reading of geertzs essay yields many new insights into the. Clifford geertz 1926present is best known for his ethnographic studies of javanese culture java is an indonesian island south of borneo and for his writings about the interpretation of culture.
The refiguration of social thought clifford geertz i a number of things, i think, are true. Blurred genres the refiguration of social thought clifford geertz i truths about the social sciences today seem selfevident. Certain one is that in recent years there has been an enormous amount of genre mixing in social science, as in intellectual life generally, and such blurring of kinds is continuing apace. Fuzziness and perceptions of language in the middle ages. Clifford geertz american anthropologist britannica. File history click on a datetime to view the file as it appeared at that time. Theoretical diffusion was, he argued, undermining the analytical power of culture and weakening the.
Ethnography in a time of blurred genres behar 2007. He was considered for 30 years one of the most important cultural anthropologists in the united states. Genre blurring and public administration griffith research online. Geertz argues that all human behaviour is like this. Geertz and the interpretive approach in anthropology. This fieldwork was the basis of geertzs famous analysis of the balinese cockfight among others. In blurred genres, geertz wittily surveyed a range of new approaches in the analysis of culture and what he called the refiguration of social. The book the religion of java, clifford geertz is published by university of chicago press.
Clifford geertz on writing and rhetoric jac online. Further essays in interpretive anthropology new york. Dear students, here are some tips in using the theories of foucault and geertz as lens for your second projects. Full interview with clifford geertz part one youtube. The chicago distribution center has reopened and is fulfilling orders. Thought have functioned for many as intellectual signposts, enabling scholars in a. Geertz is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and scholarly awards, the author of twelve books, and the coauthor and editor of a number of others. It is precisely along these lines that traces of geertzs thinking can be found in the work of some communication scholars, such as carbaugh 1988, who defined culture as patterns of symbolic action and meaning p. Modern literary criticism is often influenced by literary theory, which is the philosophical discussion of literatures goals and methods. How does geertzs example of the difference between a twitch and a wink demonstrate the interpretive relevance of thick description. Books by clifford geertz author of the interpretation of.
The interpretation of cultures selected essays by clifford geertz basic books, inc. Hcw handout on clifford geertz and michel foucault. First part of the full interview of the anthropologist clifford geertz, filmed in may 2004 in cambridge. Common sense as a cultural system by clifford geertz very early on in that album of notional games and abrupt metaphors he called philosophical investigations, wittgenstein compares language to a city.668 1429 1545 1137 1364 633 1449 1685 398 1680 539 925 416 858 96 1378 432 1025 1495 159 824 1337 195 1536 1625 1047 431 423 485 542 906 1223 1205 606 37