• Written in 1992… Geertz’s thick description, while it pins the efforts of anthropologists to the study of performances and contexts, also offers anthropology a key rôle in the reformulated human sciences, where everyone from historians to literary critics claim to be studying culture (or doing “cultural studies”). Anthropologists should welcome the work being done in critical social theory and linguistics—anywhere that symbolic systems are being explored. And they can also posit that even as semantics will provide new tools for the anthropological study of culture, anthropology will provide semantics with highly codified systems of meaning and action.