Clifford Geertz

1926 - 2006

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Clifford James Geertz ( (listen); August 23, 1926 – October 30, 2006) was an American anthropologist and literary critic who is remembered mostly for his strong support for and influence on the practice of study in cultural symbols and who was considered "for three decades... Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clifford Geertz has received more than 708,688 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Clifford Geertz is the 7th most popular anthropologist (up from 9th in 2019), the 549th most popular biography from United States (up from 595th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Anthropologist.

Clifford Geertz was a cultural anthropologist who focused on the interpretation of culture. He is most famous for his theory of "thick description" which is a way of understanding a culture from the inside out.

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Among anthropologists, Clifford Geertz ranks 7 out of 69Before him are Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, Edward Burnett Tylor, Margaret Mead, Franz Boas, and Jane Goodall. After him are Lewis H. Morgan, Ruth Benedict, Paul Broca, Gregory Bateson, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, and A. L. Kroeber.

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Among people born in 1926, Clifford Geertz ranks 27Before him are Paul Bocuse, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, John Coltrane, Allen Ginsberg, Ivan Illich, and Harper Lee. After him are Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jack Brabham, Louise Hay, Beji Caid Essebsi, Thích Nhất Hạnh, and Leopoldo Galtieri. Among people deceased in 2006, Clifford Geertz ranks 19Before him are Philippe Noiret, Oriana Fallaci, Alfredo Stroessner, Syd Barrett, György Ligeti, and Joseph Barbera. After him are Owen Chamberlain, Paul Mauriat, Giacinto Facchetti, Clay Regazzoni, Ibrahim Rugova, and Robert Altman.

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Among people born in United States, Clifford Geertz ranks 549 out of 15,968Before him are Danny Trejo (1944), Emily Greene Balch (1867), Buckminster Fuller (1895), Romina Power (1951), Kevin Spacey (1959), and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839). After him are Kamehameha I (1758), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Eddie Murphy (1961), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), and Lon Chaney (1883).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Clifford Geertz ranks 2Before him are Margaret Mead (1901). After him are Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Ruth Benedict (1887), A. L. Kroeber (1876), Edward T. Hall (1914), Marvin Harris (1927), Leslie White (1900), Marshall Sahlins (1930), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), Ann Dunham (1942), and John Lloyd Stephens (1805).