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"A promising little society" : kinship and community among the White Water Shakers 1824-1850

Author: Lindy Cummings; Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Department of History.
Publisher: Oxford, Ohio : Miami University, 2010.
Dissertation: M.A. Miami University 2010.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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This study examines the relationship between biological kin and Shaker community at the White Water Shaker village, tracing the transformation of natural kinship ties into a religious community designed to replace the biological family with a spiritual family. The role of the family in Shaker faith remains one of the hidden aspects of establishing what Jonathan Andelson calls an "intentional community." While  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lindy Cummings; Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Department of History.
OCLC Number: 656423218
Notes: Title from first page of PDF document.
Description: 1 online resource ([1], vi, 75 pages) : illustrations, PDF file.
Responsibility: by Lindy Cummings.

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This study examines the relationship between biological kin and Shaker community at the White Water Shaker village, tracing the transformation of natural kinship ties into a religious community designed to replace the biological family with a spiritual family. The role of the family in Shaker faith remains one of the hidden aspects of establishing what Jonathan Andelson calls an "intentional community." While becoming a Shaker was constituted upon the premise of rejecting one's biological kin, the Shakers continued to rely upon natural kinship connections for leadership and membership among the various communities. The end result was the fragmentation of kin and the emphasis on building new, fictive kin networks based on the Shaker model from the older eastern communities that used the language and structure of biological family to bind its members to one another. The role of the family opens new avenues of exploration into the process of Shaker community formation and persistence.

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