dichte Beschreibung

English translation: thick description

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German term or phrase:dichte Beschreibung
English translation:thick description
Entered by: Kim Metzger

01:41 Apr 2, 2006
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Anthropology / social anthropology
German term or phrase: dichte Beschreibung
"dichte beschreibung" refers to a cornerstone of the theories of Clifford Geertz. Since he is an American, this phrase must exist in English. I appreciate any assistance.
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thick description
Explanation:
Rosenzweig attempts to philosophically take seriously, in Clifford Geertz's now famous formulation, a "thick description" of Jewish life and practice. In Geertz's words, a thick description is "first, description of details as part of 'interworked systems of construable signs . . . within which they can be intelligibly . . . described.'

http://www.pupress.princeton.edu/chapters/i6834.html

Geertz aims to provide social science with and understanding and appreciation of “thick description.” While Geertz applies thick description in the direction of anthropological study (specifically his own ‘interpretive anthropology’), his theory that asserts the essentially semiotic nature of culture has implications for the social sciences in general and, in our case, political science (and comparative political science) in particular.

http://academic.csuohio.edu/as227/spring2003/geertz.htm
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Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 22:52
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many thanks! Who woulda thunk it. It's just what it says. I guess sometimes a cigar is just a good smoke.
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dichte beschreibung
thick description


Explanation:
Rosenzweig attempts to philosophically take seriously, in Clifford Geertz's now famous formulation, a "thick description" of Jewish life and practice. In Geertz's words, a thick description is "first, description of details as part of 'interworked systems of construable signs . . . within which they can be intelligibly . . . described.'

http://www.pupress.princeton.edu/chapters/i6834.html

Geertz aims to provide social science with and understanding and appreciation of “thick description.” While Geertz applies thick description in the direction of anthropological study (specifically his own ‘interpretive anthropology’), his theory that asserts the essentially semiotic nature of culture has implications for the social sciences in general and, in our case, political science (and comparative political science) in particular.

http://academic.csuohio.edu/as227/spring2003/geertz.htm


Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 22:52
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Grading comment
many thanks! Who woulda thunk it. It's just what it says. I guess sometimes a cigar is just a good smoke.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Birgit Niggemann: auch: http://www.familienhandbuch.de/cmain/f_Fachbeitrag/a_Kindhei...
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agree  Hans G. Liepert
6 hrs
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