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Further Clarifications of Geertz’s Account of Culture as a Resource for Theology

Koning, Robin (2011) Further Clarifications of Geertz’s Account of Culture as a Resource for Theology. Clarifications of Geertz’s Account of Culture as a Resource for Theology, 24 (3). pp. 315-340. ISSN 1030-570 X

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Abstract

This article builds on a previous article in Pacifica on Clifford Geertz's understanding of culture. It continues the articulation of Geertz's views by way of an examination of various criticisms both of the details of his work and of his approach. It shows that many of these criticisms have misunderstood Geertz's work or are otherwise unfounded. In particular the author examines the objection that any hermeneutic approach to culture cannot be empirical, and looks at what "empirical" might mean in relation to a discipline in which "meaning" is a key category. The work of Bernard Lonergan is used throughout as a major resource for clarifying Geertz's own thought and that of his critics.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Geertz, Lonergan, culture, anthropology, hermeneutics, meaning, thick description, culture as text, social sciences
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220207 History and Philosophy of the Humanities
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220208 History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
D - Missiology
A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Rev. Dr Robin Koning SJ
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 23:27
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 02:50
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1043

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