Early life[ edit ] Geertz was born in San Francisco on August 23, After graduating from Antioch he attended Harvard University from which he graduated inas a student in the Department of Social Relations. Geertz was trained as an anthropologist, and conducted his first long-term fieldwork, together with his wife, Hildred, in Javawhich was funded by the Ford Foundation and MIT. In this period Geertz expanded his focus on Indonesia to include both Java and Bali and produced three books, including Religion of JavaAgricultural Involutionand Peddlers and Princes also
Early life[ edit ] Geertz was born in San Francisco on August 23, After graduating from Antioch he attended Harvard University from which he graduated inas a student in the Department of Social Relations.
Geertz was trained as an anthropologist, and conducted his first long-term fieldwork, together with his wife, Hildred, in Javawhich was funded by the Ford Foundation and MIT. He studied the religious life of a small, upcountry town for two-and-a-half years, living with a railroad laborer's family.
In this period Geertz expanded his focus on Indonesia to include both Java and Bali and produced three books, including Religion of JavaAgricultural Involutionand Peddlers and Princes also In the mids, he shifted course and began a new research project in Morocco that resulted in several publications, including Islam Observedwhich compared Indonesia and Morocco.
InGeertz left Chicago to become professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey from tothen as emeritus professor. Inhe published The Interpretation of Cultures, which collected essays Geertz had published throughout the s.
That became Geertz's best-known book and established him not just as an Indonesianist but also as an anthropological theorist.
Inhe edited the anthology Myth, Symbol, Culture that contained papers by many important anthropologists on symbolic anthropology.
Geertz produced ethnographic pieces in this period, such as Kinship in BaliMeaning and Order in Moroccan Societywritten collaboratively with Hildred Geertz and Lawrence Rosen and Negara Later life[ edit ] From the s to his death, Geertz wrote more theoretical and essayistic pieces, including book reviews for the New York Review of Books.
As a result, most of his books of the period are collections of essays, including Local KnowledgeAvailable Light and Life Among The Anthros published posthumously in He also produced the autobiographical After The Fact and Works and Livesa series of short essays on the stylistics of ethnography.
Geertz received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from some fifteen colleges and universities, including Harvard Universitythe University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. He was married first to the anthropologist Hildred Geertz. After their divorce, he married Karen Blu, also an anthropologist.
Clifford Geertz died of complications following heart surgery on October 30, This fieldwork was the basis of Geertz's famous analysis of the Balinese cockfight among others.
He was the director of the multidisciplinary project Committee for the Comparative Studies of New Nations while he held a position in Chicago in the s.
He conducted fieldwork in Morocco as part of this project on "bazaars, mosques, olive growing and oral poetry". He contributed to social and cultural theory and is still influential in turning anthropology toward a concern with the frames of meaning within which various peoples live their lives.
He reflected on the basic core notions of anthropologysuch as culture and ethnography.
At the time of his death, Geertz was working on the general question of ethnic diversity and its implications in the modern world. Main ideas and contributions[ edit ] At the University of ChicagoGeertz became a champion of symbolic anthropologya framework which gives prime attention to the role of symbols in constructing public meaning.
In his seminal work The Interpretation of CulturesGeertz outlined culture as "a system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms by means of which men communicate, perpetuate, and develop their knowledge about and attitudes toward life.
It is explication I am after, construing social expression on their surface enigmatical. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight " is the classic example of thick descriptiona concept adopted from the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle.
Thick description is an anthropological method of explaining with as much detail as possible the reason behind human actions. The work proved influential amongst historians, many of whom tried to use these ideas about the 'meaning' of cultural practice in the study of customs and traditions of the past.
During Geertz's long career he worked through a variety of theoretical phases and schools of thought. In his essay "Ethos, Worldview and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols," published in his book The Interpretation of Cultures, Geertz wrote that "The drive to make sense out of experience, to give it form and order, is evidently as real and pressing as the more familiar biological needs He also used the concept of family resemblances into anthropology from the post-analytic philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Clifford Geertz Clifford Geertz Born August 23rd, Died October 30th, He was an American cultural anthropologist Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Published in Part of a larger work, The Interpretations of Cultures.
“Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” Clifford Geertz Reprinted from The Interpretation of Cultures The Raid Early in April of , my wife and I arrived, malarial and diffident, in a . Précis for "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight" (Geertz ) By Justin Lancon | Writing for Cultural Anthropology October When Clifford Geertz and his wife first arrived in Bali, they were largely ignored by the villagers.
Clifford Geertz () was a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.4/5(8).
"Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight" is an essay included in the book The Interpretation of Cultures by anthropologist Clifford Geertz. Considered Geertz's most seminal work, the essay addresses the meaning of cockfighting in Balinese culture. Transcript of Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Geertz believed that the function of culture is to impose meaning on the world and make it understandable.
The role of anthropologists is to try to interpret the guiding symbols of each culture.