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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From cockfights in Bali to the streets of London, 26 Jan 2003
Published in 1973, this book is still as fresh and insightful as ever. With a perceptive eye and flowing writing capacities, The Interpretation of Cultures combines the two difficult tasks of being both educational and a joy to read. The idea of culture, puzzling and challenging for generations, is analyzed by a variety of methods. Using disciplines from the fields of Biology, evolution studies, anthropology, history and more, Geertz is bringing a new look on the development of human kind, and the tension between the communal and the individual. With examples taken from cockfights in Bali and tribal disputes in the Sahara, one can understand better his own culture and its impact on daily life, either watching TV, visiting church or trying to understand the complex cultures manifested daily in the streets of London
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interpretation of culture text book, 8 July 2011
This review is from: The Interpretation of Cultures (Basic Books Classics) (Paperback)
the book is well written easy to understand and very related to the general topic on culture. The author used simple words to explain each section and the storyline has a good flow
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for social sciences students, 6 Dec 2001
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Geertz is as readable as ever, and his interpretive brand of anthropology remains hugely interesting. This book is the best introduction to Geertz and to the interpretive turn in 20th century social anthropology - it's one every social sciences student simply has to read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort, 29 April 2012
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This is not necessarily the most straight-forward read. Much of it requires a second and third read (at least from me) but it is well worth it. The book is worth buying for the first chapter alone. The subsequent sections provide great insight and illumination. I came to Geertz through a slightly tortuous route through my MBA studies. But he is an absolute treasure to find.

Beautifully written and creative, it bears reading and re-reading. The work is inevitably very subjective, but read it and enjoy for the prose and the stimulation. Don't worry too much about the 'hard' science, that isn't really the point. It is a joy to read and consider.
You need to decide what you take from it, which I think is in the spirit it was written.

Highly recommended, but be prepared to work at it.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know about different cultures start here, 10 May 2001
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The book, though it focuses exclusively on Balinese, Javanese and Moroccan culture, is one of the most informative and in depth investigations that I have found. Geertz writes like a novelist, but with sufficient information that this could be a accedemic paper in its own right.
Into different cultures? Then read this book first.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from cockfights in Bali to the streets of London, 26 Jan 2003
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Published in 1973, this book is still as fresh and insightful as ever. With a perceptive eye and flowing writing capacities, The Interpretation of Cultures combines the two difficult tasks of being both educational and a joy to read. The idea of culture, puzzling and challenging for generations, is analyzed by a variety of methods. Using disciplines from the fields of Biology, evolution studies, anthropology, history and more, Geertz is bringing a new look on the development of human kind, and the tension between the communal and the individual. With examples taken from cockfights in Bali and tribal disputes in the Sahara, one can better understand his own culture and its impact on daily life at home, in church, or just walking in the streets of London
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