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Lincoln, Bruce

Works: 65 works in 285 publications in 5 languages and 10,560 library holdings
Genres: History  Classification  Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: BL660, 291.13
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Most widely held works about Bruce Lincoln
Most widely held works by Bruce Lincoln
Discourse and the construction of society : comparative studies of myth, ritual, and classification by Bruce Lincoln( )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 2,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this bold theoretical work, Bruce Lincoln explores the ways in which myth, ritual, and classification hold human societies together--and how, in times of crisis, they can be used to take a society apart and reconstruct it. Without overlooking the role of coercive force in the maintenance (or overthrow) of social structures, Lincoln argues his thesis with compelling illustrations drawn from such diverse areas as Platonic philosophy, the Upanishads of India, African rituals of kingship, ancient Celtic banquets, English gentlemen's clubs, the Iranian Revolution, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, professional wrestling, and the Spanish Civil War. Professional wrestling, Lincoln shows, can be viewed as a drama of classification in which the American dream of opportunity is set forth, challenged, and finally firmly reestablished in good-versus-evil encounters between wrestlers categorized by their relative "Americanness." The exhumation of nuns' mummified corpses by leftist forces and their sympathizers during the Spanish Civil War, often dismissed by liberal historians as an embarrassing aberration, is more readily understandable as a ritual in which the Spanish Catholic Church, which had long played the role of "the religion of the status quo," was symbolically exposed as corrupt in both a moral and concretely physiological sense. Discourse and the Construction of Society draws on work in the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, religious studies, classics, indology, and semiotics to demonstrate the multiple uses of myth, ritual, and symbolic classification in effecting ideological persuasion and evoking the sentiments that bind people to one another within distinct social groupings while separating them from others, who are thereby defined as outsiders. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary study provides challenging new insights into the complex dynamics of social cohesion and change
Religion, empire, and torture : the case of Achaemenian Persia, with a postscript on Abu Ghraib by Bruce Lincoln( )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does religion stimulate and feed imperial ambitions and violence? Recently this question has acquired new urgency, and in Religion, Empire, and Torture, Bruce Lincoln approaches the problem via a classic but little-studied case: Achaemenian Persia. Lincoln identifies three core components of an imperial theology that have transhistorical and contemporary relevance: dualistic ethics, a theory of divine election, and a sense of salvific mission. Beyond this, he asks, how did the Achaemenians understand their place in the cosmos and their moral status in relation
Holy terrors : thinking about religion after September 11 by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Holy Terrors examines the implications of September 11 for our understanding of religion and how it interrelates with politics and culture." "Lincoln begins with a dissection of the instruction manual given to each of the hijackers. In the evocation of passages from the Quran, we learn how the terrorists justified acts of destruction and mass murder "in the name of God, the most merciful, the most compassionate." Lincoln then offers a comparison of President Bush's October 7 speech announcing U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden's videotape released hours later. Each speech, he argues, betrays telling contradictions. Bin Laden, for instance, conceded implicity that Islam is not unitary, as his religious rhetoric would have it, but is torn by deep political divisions. And Bush, steering clear of religious rhetoric for the sake of political unity, still reassured his constituents through coded allusions that American policy is firmly rooted in faith." "Lincoln ultimately broadens his discussion further to consider the role of religion since September 11 and how it came to be involved with such fervent acts of political revolt. In the postcolonial world, he argues, religion is widely considered the most viable and effective instrument of rebellion against economic and social injustices. It is the institution through which unified communities ensure the integrity and continuity of their culture in the wake of globalization. Holy Terrors will become one of the essential books on September 11 and a classic study on the character of religion."--Jacket
Myth, cosmos, and society : Indo-European themes of creation and destruction by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

15 editions published in 1986 in English and German and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerging from the chrysalis : studies in rituals of women's initiation by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Priests, warriors, and cattle : a study in the ecology of religions by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Do cultures which have similar socio-economic and ecological bases also have similar religious systems? This is the basic issue raised in this book. Underlying this is the question of whether religion is to be seen as an independent, free-floating speculative entity, or whether it is rooted in and largely determined by the givens of culture, economy, and ecology. In other words, is religion primarily directed toward abstract universal concerns, or are practical and temporal matters a fundamental part of religious thought? To address this problem the author has selected a test case, in which two cultures, historically and geographically quite separate but ecologically and socio-economically quite similar, are compared. Two semi-settled pastoralist groups whose livelihood depends on the herding of cattle were selected: the present-day Nilotic peoples of Africa (Nuer, Dinka, and Masai) and the Proto-Indo-Iranians, who flourished about 2000 B.C. The religion of each group is examined in detail, with special emphasis being placed on the myths they recount, the rituals they practice, and the ways in which their societies are organized, as well as the gods they worship"--Book jacket
Death, war, and sacrifice : studies in ideology and practice by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays over de religie en ideologie van de Indo-Europeanen
Theorizing myth : narrative, ideology, and scholarship by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Theorizing Myth, Bruce Lincoln explores how scholars and other have used the category of "myth" to fetishize or deride certain kinds of stories, usually those told by others. He begins by showing that mythos yielded to logos not as part of a (mythic) "Greek miracle," but as part of struggles over political, linguistic, and epistemological authority occasioned by expanded use of writing and the practice of Athenian democracy. Lincoln then turns his attention to the period when myth was recuperated as a privileged type of narrative, a process he locates in the political and cultural ferment of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Here, he connects renewed enthusiasm for myth to the nexus of Romanticism, nationalism, and Aryan triumphalism, particularly the quest for a language and set of stories on which nation-states could be founded. In the final section of this wide-ranging book, Lincoln advocates a fresh approach to the study of myth, providing varied case studies to support his view of myth - and scholarship on myth - as ideology in narrative form
Religion, rebellion, revolution : an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural collection of essays by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authority : construction and corrosion by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a small set of case studies that highlight critical moments in the construction of authority, he goes on to offer a general examination of "corrosive" discourses such as gossip, rumor, and curses; the problematic situation of women, who often are barred from the authorizing sphere; the changing role of religion in the construction of authority; the question of whether authority in the modern and postmodern world differs from its pre-modern counterpart; and a critique of Hannah Arendt's claims that authority has disappeared from political life in the modern world
Gods and demons, priests and scholars : critical explorations in the history of religions by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bruce Lincoln is one of the most prominent advocates within religious studies for an uncompromisingly critical approach to the phenomenon of religion-historians of religions, he believes, should resist the preferred narratives and self-understanding of religions themselves, especially when their stories are endowed with sacred origins and authority. In Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars, Lincoln assembles a collection of essays that both illustrates and reveals the benefits of his methodology, making a case for a critical religious studies that starts with skepticism but is neither cynical
Between history and myth : stories of Harald Fairhair and the founding of the state by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval accounts of how Norway was unified by its first king provide a lively, revealing, and wonderfully entertaining example of this process. Taking the story of how Harald Fairhair unified Norway in the ninth century as its central example, Bruce Lincoln illuminates the way a state's foundation story blurs the distinction between history and myth and how variant tellings of origin stories provide opportunities for dissidence and subversion as subtle - or not so subtle - modifications are introduced through details of character, incident, and plot structure
'Happiness for mankind' : Achaemenian religion and the imperial project by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and French and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The product of twenty years' research, this is the first book to study the way religious concerns permeated Achaemenian culture, deeply influencing such varied things as categories of space, time, number, and causality; constructions of nature, humanity, and moral order; institutions of law, education, and kingship; practices of diplomacy, tribute, irrigation and gardening (including the sumptuous royal gardens designated as "paradises"). Particular attention is devoted to the role of cosmogonic myths, dualistic ethics, demonological beliefs, the ideology of royal charisma, the sense of Persia as a sacred center, and the conviction that Achaemenian rulers bore unique responsibility for restoring the world's lost perfection and realizing God's plans for creation: a task to be accomplished by reuniting the globe's tragically fragmented peoples
Comparer en histoire des religions antiques : controverses et propositions by Atelier Chicago-Paris sur les religions anciennes( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in French and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apples and oranges : explorations in, on, and with comparison by Bruce Lincoln( )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacerdotes, guerreros y ganado : un estudio sobre la ecología de las religiones by Bruce Lincoln( )

2 editions published in 1991 in Spanish and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MYTH, COSMOS, AND SOCIETY by Bruce Lincoln( )

2 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diventare dea : i riti di iniziazione femminile by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tyranny of taxonomies by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief note on (future) research in the history of religions by C Grottanelli( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Discourse and the construction of society : comparative studies of myth, ritual, and classification
Religion, empire, and torture : the case of Achaemenian Persia, with a postscript on Abu GhraibHoly terrors : thinking about religion after September 11Emerging from the chrysalis : studies in rituals of women's initiationDeath, war, and sacrifice : studies in ideology and practiceTheorizing myth : narrative, ideology, and scholarshipAuthority : construction and corrosion
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Bruce Lincoln American academic

Bruce Lincoln US-amerikanischer Religionswissenschaftler

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