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A Summary of Thick Description – The Interpretation of Cultures

A Summary of Thick Description – The Interpretation of Cultures

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Published by Abusayed Adhar
Symbolic Anthropology
Symbolic Anthropology

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Published by: Abusayed Adhar on Feb 09, 2013
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In
The Interpretation of Cultures 
,Clifford Geertzoutlines in broader sense the job of anethnographer.
The ethnographer’s role is to observe and analyse a culture by interpreting signs to understand
deeper meanings within the context of that culture. He asserts that the essentially semiotic nature ofculture has implications for thesocial sciencesin general and political science in particular. His ideaof culture is taken fromKluckhohn, where he feels culture is
1) “the total way of life of a people”;
 
2) “the social legacy the individual acquires from his group”;
 
3) “a way of thinking, feeling, and believing”;
 
4) “an abstraction from behaviour”;
 
5) “a theory on the part of the anthropologist about the way in which a group of people in fact behave”;
 
6) “a storehouse of pooled learning”;
 

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