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

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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, 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.

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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