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Clifford Geertz
August 23, 1926 - October 30, 2006
Nationality: American
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: American Scientist

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


I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing his writing as an anthropologist.


The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.


I had a hard time convincing students that they were going to North Africa to understand the North Africans, not to understand themselves.


I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.


I think what's known about neurology is still scattered and uncertain.


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


Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography, and should.


We're getting closer to our nature.


I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science, and it's about social constructionism. So I would say I'm a social constructionist, whatever that means.


I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.


My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.


I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total disagreement and argument is such a bad thing. It makes for a vital and alive field.


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.


If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code.


I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false.


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.


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


Two people have been really liberating in my mind; one is Wittgenstein and the other is Burke. I read Burke before he was a secular saint, before everyone was reading him.


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


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