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Sports in Zion : Mormon recreation, 1890-1940

Author: Richard Ian Kimball
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2003.
Series: Sports and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sports in Zion is the first in-depth study of the central role sports and leisure played in shaping the modern Mormon religion. In this book, Richard Ian Kimball explores how Mormon leaders tapped the potential of using recreational programs to ameliorate the problems of the city and inculcate morals and values in LDS youth. As well as promoting sports as a means of physical and spiritual excellence, Progressive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Ian Kimball
ISBN: 0252028570 9780252028571
OCLC Number: 51305940
Description: x, 217 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: "Not playing without a purpose" : the construction of a Mormon recreation ideology --
"A strong arm to the church" : recreation building boom --
"For the uplifting and the betterment of the youth of Israel" : athletics, socialization, and the "selling of the word of wisdom" --
"A means of preserving the memory of the Mormon pioneers" : LDS recreation in the great outdoors --
"To make the most of leisure" : recreation responds in a depression decade.
Series Title: Sports and society.
Responsibility: Richard Ian Kimball.

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If a religion cannot attract and instruct young people, it will struggle to survive, which is why recreational programs were second only to theological questions in the development of  Read more...

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"Richard Ian Kimball has written an innovative analysis of Mormon culture from a novel perspective, opening up a whole new window to help us understand Mormon culture and society." --Steven A. Read more...

 
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