„It is not against a body of uninterpreted data, radically thinned descriptions, that we must measure the cogency of our explications, but against the power of the scientific imagination to bring us into touch with the lives of strangers.“

—  Clifford Geertz, livro The Interpretation of Cultures, The Interpretation of Cultures (1973), p. 16
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