[Marxism] Clifford Geertz
cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Tue Nov 7 07:35:04 MST 2006
In his writings, Mr. Geertz drew a careful distinction between culture and
social structure, differentiating himself from functionalists like
Lévi-Strauss, who believed that rituals, institutions and other aspects of
a culture could be best understood by the purposes they serve.
CB; I don't think Levi-Strauss is a functionalist. Levi-Strauss is like
Geertz in focussing on meaning. Radcliffe-Brown was a
structural-functionalist, looking for ways that rituals and institutions
functioned in holding social structure together.
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