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Material in the Immaterial World: Material Culture and the Realization of Utopia in Communities of Shakers, Mormons, and Oneida Perfectionists

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dc.contributor.advisor van Horn, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Kim, Kelsey
dc.creator Kim, Kelsey
dc.date 2016-07-05
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-03T17:37:37Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-03T17:37:37Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8S68V
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10773
dc.description.abstract This thesis delves into the material culture of three American religions—Shakers, Oneida Perfectionists, and Latter-day Saints (Mormons)—in the nineteenth century. Looking at the religions’ Utopian ideals, the author discusses how the philosophies of materiality and the actual goods extant in these communities coincided, and what the emerging successes and tensions reveal about the intersection of material ideas with spiritual goals. This thesis thus constitutes a cursory analysis of each community in turn, followed by an examination of the artifacts from these groups, ultimately grappling with the question of how they each realized immaterial ideas in everyday life. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Latter-Day Saints en_US
dc.subject Mormons en_US
dc.subject Oneida Perfectionists en_US
dc.subject Shakers en_US
dc.subject material culture en_US
dc.subject nineteenth century en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.title Material in the Immaterial World: Material Culture and the Realization of Utopia in Communities of Shakers, Mormons, and Oneida Perfectionists en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline History of Decorative Arts en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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