Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification / Edition 2

Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification / Edition 2

by Bruce Lincoln
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0199372365
ISBN-13:
9780199372362
Pub. Date:
07/02/2014
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification / Edition 2

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 the Spanish 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, new images, and an updated bibliography.

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ISBN-13: 9780199372362
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bruce Lincoln is Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Committee on Medieval Studies, and is Associate Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Classics. His most recent publications include Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars: Critical Explorations in the History of Religions (2012), "Happiness for Mankind": Achaemenian Religion and the Imperial Project (2012), and Comparer en histoire des religions antiques, coedited with Claude Calame (2012).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction

Part I: Myth
1. Myth, Sentiment, and the Construction of Social Forms
2. The Politics of Myth
3. Competing Uses of the Future in the Present

Part II: Ritual
4. Ritual, Rebellion, Resistance: Rethinking the Swazi Ncwala
5. Banquets and Brawls: Aspects of Ceremonial Meals
6. Festivals and Massacres: Reflections on St. Bartholomew's Day
7. Revolutionary Exhumations in Spain

Part III: Classification
8. The Tyranny of Taxonomy
9. The Dialectics of Symbolic Inversion
10. The Uses of Anomaly

Part IV: Affinity, Estrangement, Alterity
11. The Mythic Sisterhood of Europe and Asia
12. ''We are all related'': The Limits of Inclusion at a Lakota Sun Dance
13. Food, Filth, and Religious Community

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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