Symbolic/Interpretive Anthropology always seems to find its way into current discussions of anthropology. Is it a post-modern thing? The following classics, particularly the Cockfight article, are great illustrations on the genre.
-Mary Douglas, External Boundaries (1966)
-Victor Turner, Symbols in Ndembu Ritual (1967)
-Clifford Geertz, Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight (1973)