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

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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 illu ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 27th 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1989)
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Do the Spanish Civil War, the Iranian Revolution, St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the kingship rituals of the Swazi people and Plato's Symposium have anything in common? If you ask the everyday man on the street you are likely to get one of two answers, "What are those things?" or "Not in the least". But Bruce Lincoln offers a third response 'Yes'. Though this yes is a little apprehensive it is an affirmative none the less - because these things, and many more like them, are all myths, rituals o ...more
Will Dewey
yes, I read this for class, specifically my religious studies PhD theories and methods series. But it's a great read even if you don't have to (not that I expect you to agree with me, mine was definitely a minority opinion in that class). His theory itself isn't all that interesting to describe (basically that classification implies hierarchy), but he uses it to draw insights from seemingly unrelated historical examples.
this is without a doubt the most academic book i have ever read (or at least a tie with meghann morris' shit). everyone in the undergraduate class hated reading this book. i loved every minute of it. especially the detailed critical discussion of pro wrestling! yes!
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