The intellectual trajectories of social scientists Robert N. Bellah and Clifford Geertz are compared as a case study in the production of successful interdisciplinary work. Geertz and Bellah started from a similar position, in terms of scholarly habits, network centrality, and symbolic capital. However, while Geertz became an interdisciplinary star and left his mark in disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, and cultural studies, Bellah’s interdisciplinary appeal was more limited, while his ability to speak to the general public as a public intellectual was unmatched by Geertz. We thus review Bellah’s and Geertz’s parallel careers using a multidimensional analytical model intended to complete current field-based and performative-pragmatist models of intellectual success, arguing that interdisciplinary success can be accounted for by a combination of local ecological factors, images of intellectual work, and texts showing a high degree of cross-disciplinary fluency.

In the field but not of the field: Clifford Geertz, Robert Bellah, and the practices of interdisciplinarity / Bortolini, Matteo; Cossu, Andrea. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY. - ISSN 1368-4310. - 2020, 23:3(2020), pp. 328-349. [10.1177/1368431018823140]

In the field but not of the field: Clifford Geertz, Robert Bellah, and the practices of interdisciplinarity

Cossu, Andrea
2020

Abstract

The intellectual trajectories of social scientists Robert N. Bellah and Clifford Geertz are compared as a case study in the production of successful interdisciplinary work. Geertz and Bellah started from a similar position, in terms of scholarly habits, network centrality, and symbolic capital. However, while Geertz became an interdisciplinary star and left his mark in disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, and cultural studies, Bellah’s interdisciplinary appeal was more limited, while his ability to speak to the general public as a public intellectual was unmatched by Geertz. We thus review Bellah’s and Geertz’s parallel careers using a multidimensional analytical model intended to complete current field-based and performative-pragmatist models of intellectual success, arguing that interdisciplinary success can be accounted for by a combination of local ecological factors, images of intellectual work, and texts showing a high degree of cross-disciplinary fluency.
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Bortolini, Matteo; Cossu, Andrea
In the field but not of the field: Clifford Geertz, Robert Bellah, and the practices of interdisciplinarity / Bortolini, Matteo; Cossu, Andrea. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY. - ISSN 1368-4310. - 2020, 23:3(2020), pp. 328-349. [10.1177/1368431018823140]
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