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4/6/10 1 CULTURE , in the anthropological sense, *is a shared and negotiated system of meaning informed by knowledge that people learn and put into practice by interpreting experience and generating behavior •nebulous •chaotic •dynamic •ubiquitous •complex Clifford Geertz (b. 1926) wrote: “Culture is public because meaning is” – When we say we do not understand… • acknowledging our “lack of familiarity with the imaginative universe within which their acts are signs” CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY’S METHOD • Clifford Geertz: “Believing, with Max Weber, that man [and we might add woman] is an animal suspended in webs of significance he-himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law, but an interpretative one in search of meaning . It is explication , I am after.”
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4/6/10 2 Principle mode of research = ethnography , ethnographic fieldwork, participant-observation Bronislaw Manlinowski (1884-1942)
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