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The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays


reviewed by Wilton S. Dillon 1974

coverTitle: The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays
Author(s): Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: 0465097197, Pages: 470 pp., Year: 1973
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John Davidson, a freshman friend of mine at Yale, told me "Sidney Mintz, my an­thropology prof, is really into Geertz; that's why I almost memorized 'Deep Play' pre­paring for a recent exam." "But did you enjoy it?" I asked, incorrigi­ble in my belief that the pleasure principle is very much related to learning. John agreed that Geertz' essay about the symbolism of a Balinese cockfight (which appears as the last of fifteen chapters in this new retrospec­tive of Geertz' anthropological art) is about the most pleasurable reading he ever has done as part of "work." My versatile young friend, who can do Chinese landscape painting and win wrestling matches, plans to major in "psychohistory." So there is plenty of "relevance" in Geertz' essays for his academic pursuits. The Interpretation of Cultures deserves reading, for enlightenment and pleasure, by persons in a wide variety of specialties and callings: professional anthropologists, po­litical theorists and politicians, admen and schoolmen, theologians, philosjophers, and social workers, novelists and other story­tellers, militant feminists, and physicists.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 76 Number 1, 1974, p. 155-159
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1381, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 2:54:33 AM

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