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By Clifford Geertz

Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) was once possibly the main influential anthropologist of our time, yet his effect prolonged a long way past his box to surround all aspects of latest existence. Nowhere have been his presents for directness, humor, and regular revelation extra glaring than within the pages of the New York evaluation of Books, the place for almost 4 many years he shared his acute imaginative and prescient of the realm in all its peculiarity. This ebook brings jointly the best of Geertz's evaluate essays from the New York Review besides a consultant number of later items written on the top of his powers, a few that first seemed in periodicals similar to Dissent, others by no means prior to published.

This assortment exemplifies Geertz's impressive variety of matters, starting together with his first essay for the Review in 1967, within which he reports, with muffled hilarity, the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. This publication comprises Geertz's unflinching meditations on Western academia's encounters with the non-Western global, and at the transferring and clashing areas of societies on the earth normally. Geertz writes eloquently and arrestingly approximately such significant figures as Gandhi, Foucault, and Genet, and on issues as assorted as Islam, globalization, feminism, and the issues of nationalism.

Life one of the Anthros and different Essays demonstrates Geertz's unusual knowledge and constantly willing and hopeful humor, confirming his prestige as one in all our most vital and enduring public intellectuals.

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