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The Essential Anti-Essentialist

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1511-1512
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1511

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Available Light Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics. Clifford Geertz. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2000. 287 pp. $24.95, £15.95. ISBN 0-691-04974-2.

These 11 essays by the influential and controversial cultural anthropologist Geertz are bound together by the underlying belief in the restricted scope of social science generalizations. The author does not believe there is a universal essence to human nature that strongly determines human behavior.