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Vision and practice: Resistance and dissent in Shaker communities


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation presents a study of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, popularly known as the Shakers. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis that integrates anthropology, social and religious history, and biography in an exploration of the dynamics of material culture in the maintenance of, and challenges to, relations of gender and social power in a sectarian communal society. This dissertation explores how the United Society manipulated spaces, symbols and rituals during three crisis periods in order to reproduce their communities and specific social relations through time, as well as the various roles members played in supporting or resisting such efforts.

This dissertation also explores how the Shakers represented their distinctive landscapes to each other through their art work, prayers, and poetry. These "imagined landscapes" reflect the circumscribed worlds determined by gender, celibacy and spiritual hierarchy. Such alternative media identify domains within the Shaker material and spiritual worlds that were contested at different times by men and women, and leaders and common members.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Archaeology;
Cultural anthropology;
Religion;
Social structure
Classification
0324: Archaeology
0326: Cultural anthropology
0318: Religion
0700: Social structure
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Social sciences, Communities, Dissent, Historical archaeology, Resistance, Shaker, United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing
Title
Vision and practice: Resistance and dissent in Shaker communities
Author
Savulis, Ellen-Rose
Number of pages
158
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599073784, 0599073780
Advisor
Paynter, Robert
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9909216
ProQuest document ID
304428940
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304428940
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