On not understanding symbols

  title={On not understanding symbols},
  author={Roger M. Keesing},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={406 - 430}
  • R. Keesing
  • Published 1 August 2012
  • Linguistics
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Roger Keesing wrote the first drafts of On not understanding symbols in 1978. After several versions of the manuscript circulated among his colleagues, Keesing decided to revise his analysis extensively. He eventually included snippets of the paper’s ethnographic material in some of his later ethnography on Kwaio religion (1982). His final version of On not understanding symbols , half of which is found only in a hand written form, was never published but nonetheless is an important precursor… 

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