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People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Terryl C. Givens


This book is an exploration of the Mormon cultural identity that Joseph Smith and, to a lesser extent, Brigham Young founded. At the heart of their thinking were a number of dynamic tensions, or paradoxes, that give Mormon cultural expression much of its vitality. Arguing that culture can be viewed as the result of a people's efforts to accommodate such irresolvable tensions, Givens looks at the Mormon “habit of mind”, and forms of artistic expression to trace consistent themes and ideas that constitute, or contribute to the formation of a distinct cultural community. This study begins by exam ... More

Keywords: art, architecture, music, drama, dance, education, film, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terryl C. Givens, author
University of Richmond
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