Clifford Geertz Quotes

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance.

Clifford Geertz

Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars, and even to feminist scholars.

Clifford Geertz

Younger anthropologists have the notion that anthropology is too diverse. The number of things done under the name of anthropology is just infinite; you can do anything and call it anthropology.

Clifford Geertz

I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now.

Clifford Geertz

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.

Clifford Geertz

A human being is an animal suspended in webs of significance which he himself has spun.

Clifford Geertz

We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology. There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard.

Clifford Geertz

I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.

Clifford Geertz

People keep asking how anthropology is different from sociology, and everybody gets nervous.

Clifford Geertz

Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has. Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.

Clifford Geertz

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it.

Clifford Geertz

Cultural analysis is intrinsically incomplete. And, worse than that, the more deeply it goes the less complete it is.

Clifford Geertz

It may be in the cultural particularities of people in their oddities that some of the most instructive revelations of what it is to be generically human are to be found.

Clifford Geertz
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