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Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) was once probably the main influential anthropologist of our time, yet his impression prolonged a ways past his box to surround all points of up to date existence. Nowhere have been his presents for directness, humor, and regular revelation extra obvious than within the pages of the recent York overview of Books, the place for almost 4 a long time he shared his acute imaginative and prescient of the realm in all its peculiarity. This e-book brings jointly the best of Geertz's assessment essays from the hot York assessment in addition to a consultant number of later items written on the peak of his powers, a few that first seemed in periodicals resembling Dissent, others by no means sooner than published.
This assortment exemplifies Geertz's amazing diversity of issues, starting together with his first essay for the assessment in 1967, within which he studies, with muffled hilarity, the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. This e-book contains Geertz's unflinching meditations on Western academia's encounters with the non-Western global, and at the moving and clashing areas of societies on this planet more often than not. Geertz writes eloquently and arrestingly approximately such significant figures as Gandhi, Foucault, and Genet, and on subject matters as different as Islam, globalization, feminism, and the flaws of nationalism.
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Unlike Clio, we can’t punish those who would deny our accomplishment; nor can we afford to be amused by the folly of those brothers of Prometheus who claim to be the real innovators, treating us as imitators or usurpers. ) We can, however, point to an enormous written corpus, an imposing institutional presence, a substantial list of journals, and a foothold in popular consciousness that was unimaginable when Banner and Hartman published their book. If we have not taken over history, we have claimed a rightful position in it; once viewed as pretenders, we now have legitimate claim to Clio’s inspiration.
There is no shortage of writing about history in these terms: history as the result of empathetic identiﬁcation made possible either by the existence of universal human characteristics or, in some instances, by a transcendent set of traits and experiences belonging to women or workers or members of religious or ethnic communities. In this view of things, fantasy is the means by which real relations of identity between past and present are discovered and/or forged. ∑ The limits of this approach for my purposes Fantasy Echo 49 are that it assumes exactly the continuity—the essentialist nature—of identity that I want to question.
Some ancient representations of Clio show her with a trumpet and a clepsydra (a water clock), perhaps heralding the passage of time. Time conceived as ﬂuidity or ﬂow—a particularly feminine representation—is not easily contained. Clio is also shown with writing implements, books, and scrolls, referring to the fact that she introduced the Phoenician alphabet to the Greeks. If Clio offered the tools of knowledge production, our task is to use them. We are not gods and thus cannot, like her, tell true tales, so we are driven by our critical faculty—which she inspires and arouses—always to revise, always to reach beyond our grasp for new knowledge, new stories to tell.
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