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Discourse and the construction of society : comparative studies of myth, ritual, and classification

Author: Bruce Lincoln
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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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 the Spanish Civil War. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary study--which draws on works in history, semiotics, anthropology,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Lincoln
ISBN: 9780199372355 0199372357 9780199372362 0199372365
OCLC Number: 875852192
Description: xvi, 282 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Myth, sentiment, and the construction of social forms --
The politics of myth --
Competing uses of the future in the present --
Ritual, rebellion, resistance : rethinking the Swazi Ncwala --
Banquets and brawls : aspects of ceremonial meals --
Festivals and massacres : reflections on St. Bartholomew's Day --
Revolutionary exhumations in Spain --
The tyranny of taxonomy --
The dialectics of symbolic inversion --
The uses of anomaly --
The mythic sisterhood of Europe and Asia --
"We are all related" : the limits of inclusion at a Lakota sun dance --
Food, filth, and religious community.
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In this edition of his seminal theoretical work on myth, ritual, and classification, Bruce Lincoln explores the ways in which these narratives and practices hold human societies together-and how, in  Read more...

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