Clifford Geertz

"Thick description: Toward an interpretive theory of culture.."

in The interpretation of cultures. Edited by . pp. 30-Mar. New York: Basic Books. 1973.



certain ideas burst upon the intellectual landscape with a tremendous force. ... But certainly this pattern fits the concept of culture, around which the whole discipline of anthropology arose, and whose domination that discipline has been increasingly con cerned to limit, specify, focus, and contain. (p. 3-4)

anthropology as curator of an imaginary museum?

The essential vocation of interpretive anthropology is not to answer our deepest questions, but to make available to us answers that others, guarding other sheep in other valleys, have given, and to include them in the consultable record of what man has said. (p. 30)

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