Interpretive and Symbolic Anthropology


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Interpretive and Symbolic Anthropology
Interpretive and symbolic approaches in Anthropology were significantly influenced by Clifford Geertz. Geertz stated that “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; and the main contribution of the science of anthropology to the construction – or reconstruction – of a concept of man may then lie in showing us how to find them.” (Geertz 43).
Geertz regarded all knowledge as being local in nature. However, he still believed that the field of Anthropology was indeed one which was scientific. This premise was part of the reason why Interpretive and Symbolic Anthropology was...
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.....ric researcher who was interested in utilizing social science tools to try and understand people from non-European cultures. At the same time, his perspectives were characterized by his barely concealed belief that many people of these cultures were inferior. While this position may be hard to contend with in modern times, it must be taken into account that in his era, it was far more acceptable to regard Eurocentric culture with a degree of superiority than it is now. Yet, the shortcomings of the approaches in Interpretive and Symbolic Anthropology are still evidenced in the stereotyping and discrimination which is prevalent in modern society.
Works Cited
Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York,
Basic Books: 1973. Print.