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Lincoln, Bruce

Works: 69 works in 306 publications in 5 languages and 10,686 library holdings
Genres: History  Classification  Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, 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( )

42 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,597 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 1,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How does religion stimulate and feed imperial ambitions and violence? 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 to others? Why did they feel called to intervene in the struggle between good and evil? What was their sense of historic purpose, especially their desire to restore paradise lost? And how did this lead them to deal with enemies and critics as imperial power ran its course? Lincoln shows how these religious ideas shaped Achaemenian practice and brought the Persians unprecedented wealth, power, and territory, but also produced unmanageable contractions, as in a gruesome case of torture discussed in the book's final chapter. Close study of that episode leads Lincoln back to the present with a postscript that provides a searing and utterly novel perspective on the photographs from Abu Ghraib." --Book Jacket
Holy terrors : thinking about religion after September 11 by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 1,177 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 )

16 editions published in 1986 in English and German and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

20 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 552 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 540 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 530 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 )

21 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers from a symposium on "Religion and revolution," held at the University of Minnesota, 6-8 Nov. 1981
Authority : construction and corrosion by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is authority? How is it constituted? How ought one understand the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) relations between authority and coercion? Between authorized and subversive speech? In this fascinating and intricate analysis, Bruce Lincoln argues that authority is not an entity but an effect. More precisely, it is an effect that depends for its power on the combination of the right speaker, the right speech, the right staging and props, the right time and place, and an audience historically and culturally conditioned to judge what is right in all these instances and to respond with trust, respect, and even reverence
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 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author discusses the study of religion, including its history, gods and pantheons, demons and monsters, and morality and power
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 259 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 )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and French and held by 141 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
Apples and oranges : explorations in, on, and with comparison by Bruce Lincoln( Book )

11 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comparison is an indispensable intellectual operation that plays a crucial role in the formation of knowledge. Yet comparison often leads us to forego attention to nuance, detail, and context, perhaps leaving us bereft of an ethical obligation to take things correspondingly as they are. Examining the practice of comparison across the study of history, language, religion, and culture, distinguished scholar of religion Bruce Lincoln argues in Apples and Oranges for a comparatism of a more modest sort. Lincoln presents critiques of recent attempts at grand comparison, and enlists numerous theoretical examples of how a more modest, cautious, and discriminating form of comparison might work and what it can accomplish. He does this through studies of shamans, werewolves, human sacrifices, apocalyptic prophecies, sacred kings, and surveys of materials as diverse and wide-ranging as Beowulf, Herodotus's account of the Scythians, the Native American Ghost Dance, and the Spanish Civil War. Ultimately, Lincoln argues that concentrating one's focus on a relatively small number of items that the researcher can compare closely, offering equal attention to relations of similarity and difference, not only grants dignity to all parties considered, it yields more reliable and more interesting--if less grandiose--results. Giving equal attention to the social, historical, and political contexts and subtexts of religious and literary texts also allows scholars not just to assess their content, but also to understand the forces, problems, and circumstances that motivated and shaped them
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 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 1991 in Spanish and held by 17 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

MYTH, COSMOS, AND SOCIETY by Bruce Lincoln( )

2 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 8 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 7 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

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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 profesor universitariu estauxunidense

Bruce Lincoln US-amerikanischer Religionswissenschaftler

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