From Homo Politicus to Immobilized Icon Clifford Geertz and Shifts in Anthropological Paradigms

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​From Homo Politicus to Immobilized Icon Clifford Geertz and Shifts in Anthropological Paradigms​
Hauser-Schäublin, B. ​ (2015) 
Bijdragen tot de taal- land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia171(2-3) pp. 220​-248​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/22134379-17102003 

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Authors
Hauser-Schäublin, Brigitta 
Abstract
This article analyses Clifford Geertz's shift from a social scientist who participated during the Cold War in policy-serving research on modernization in Indonesia to an anthropologist who focused on meaning and treated culture as an ensemble of texts to be read over the shoulder of the native. This shift becomes most evident in the different ways in which Geertz represented the social and political organization of the economy in Java and Bali in two of his major works. The results of these studies, though based on the same fieldwork data, are conflicting due to diverging theories and their epistemic design.
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2015
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Kitlv Press
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Bijdragen tot de taal- land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia 
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0006-2294

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