Clifford Geertz

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Clifford James Geertz (August 23, 1926 – October 30, 2006) was an American anthropologist who is known for his work in symbolic anthropology, and considered "for three decades...the single most influential cultural anthropologist in the United States". He served until his death as professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.


  • Religion of Java, Glencoe: Free Press, 1960.
  • The Interpretation of Cultures, New York: Basic Books, 1973.
  • Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology, Basic Books, 1983, 2000.
    • Conocimiento local: ensayos sobre la interpretación de las culturas, trans. Alberto López Bargados, Barcelona: Editorial Paidós Ibérica, 1994. (in Spanish).
  • "The Uses of Diversity", in Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Vol. 7, ed. Sterling M. McMurrin, Cambridge University Press, and Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1986, pp 251-275.
    • Los Usos De La Diversidad, trans. José Nicolau La Roda, Nicolás Sánchez Dura and Alfredo Taberna, Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós Ibérica, 1996. (in Spanish)
  • Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988.

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