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

Bruce Lincoln


Using a diverse set of case studies that range from medieval banquets to professional wrestling, African kingship and Lakota Sun Dances to the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, this volume explores the way myths, rituals, and other privileged acts of symbolic discourse actively produce, reproduce, and occasionally modify social structures and hierarchies by skillfully manipulating the sentiments of affinity and estrangement that draw people together and drive them apart.

Keywords: myth, ritual, taxonomy, social borders, hierarchy, discourse, sentiment, conflict, affinity, estrangement, social segmentation, social cleavages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199372362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Lincoln, author
Divinity School, University of Chicago