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Life among the anthros and other essays

Author: Clifford Geertz; Fred Inglis
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
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""To read this collection is to be reminded how much we have learned from Clifford Geertz, this trailblazer in cultural anthropology and interpretive social science. Two of the great qualities that made him a mentor in this field shine forth in this book: his constant awareness of the near-impossibility of the task of understanding the other without distortion, and the wide and humane sympathies that made him so
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clifford Geertz; Fred Inglis
ISBN: 9780691143583 0691143587
OCLC Number: 457773113
Description: 272 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the comic vision of Clifford Geertz --
On Malinowski --
On Gandhi --
On Foucault --
On Genet --
Ethnography in China --
In search of North Africa --
Mysteries of Islam --
The last Arab Jews --
House painting : Toutes directions --
On feminism --
Indonesia : starting over --
On the devastation of the Amazon --
Which way to Mecca? pt. 1 --
Which way to Mecca? pt. 2 --
On the state of the world --
The Near East in the Far East --
An inconstant profession --
What is a state if it is not sovereign? --
Shifting aims, moving targets --
What was the Third World revolution?
Responsibility: Clifford Geertz ; edited by Fred Inglis.

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