Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification

Paperback | June 3, 2014

byBruce Lincoln

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Without overlooking the role of coercive force in the maintenance (or overthrow) of social structures, Lincoln argues his thesis with rich illustrations drawn from such diverse areas as Platonic philosophy, the Upanishads of India, ancient Celtic banquets, professional wrestling, and theSpanish Civil War. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary study - which draws on works in history, semiotics, anthropology, sociology, classics, and indology - offers challenging new insights into the complex dynamics of social cohesion and change. The second edition includes three new chapters, newimages, and an updated bibliography.

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Without overlooking the role of coercive force in the maintenance (or overthrow) of social structures, Lincoln argues his thesis with rich illustrations drawn from such diverse areas as Platonic philosophy, the Upanishads of India, ancient Celtic banquets, professional wrestling, and theSpanish Civil War. This wide-ranging interdiscipl...

Bruce Lincoln is Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionIntroductionPart I: Myth1. Myth, Sentiment, and the Construction of Social Forms2. The Politics of Myth3. Competing Uses of the Future in the PresentPart II: Ritual4. Ritual, Rebellion, Resistance: Rethinking the Swazi Ncwala5. Banquets and Brawls: Aspects of Ceremonial Meals6. Festivals and Massacres: Reflections on St. Bartholomew's Day7. Revolutionary Exhumations in SpainPart III: Classification8. The Tyranny of Taxonomy9. The Dialectics of Symbolic Inversion10. The Uses of AnomalyPart IV: Affinity, Estrangement, Alterity [new]11. The Mythic Sisterhood of Europe and Asia [new]12. ''We are all related'': The Limits of Inclusion at a Lakota Sun Dance13. Food, Filth, and Religious CommunityNotesBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex