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The Resource Body and soul : a sympathetic history of American spiritualism, Robert S. Cox, (electronic resource)

Body and soul : a sympathetic history of American spiritualism, Robert S. Cox, (electronic resource)

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Body and soul : a sympathetic history of American spiritualism
Title
Body and soul
Title remainder
a sympathetic history of American spiritualism
Statement of responsibility
Robert S. Cox
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Subject
Language
eng
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1958-
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Cox, Robert S.
Dewey number
133.9/0973
LC call number
BF1242.U6
LC item number
C69 2003
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  • Spiritualism
  • United States
Summary expansion
A product of the "spiritual hothouse" of the Second Great Awakening, Spiritualism became the fastest growing religion in the nation during the 1850s, and one of the principal responses to the widespread perception that American society was descending into atomistic particularity. In Body and Soul, Robert Cox shows how Spiritualism sought to transform sympathy into social practice, arguing that each individual, living and dead, was poised within a nexus of affect, and through the active propagation of these sympathetic bonds, a new and coherent society would emerge. Phenomena such as spontaneous somnambulism and sympathetic communion with the dead--whether through seance or "spirit photography"--were ways of transcending the barriers dissecting the American body politic, including the ultimate barrier, death. Drawing equally upon social, occult, and physiological registers, Spiritualism created a unique "social physiology" in which mind was integrated into body and body into society, leading Spiritualists into earthly social reforms, such as women's rights and antislavery. From the beginning, however, Spiritualist political and social expression was far more diverse than has previously been recognized, encompassing distinctive proslavery and antiegalitarian strains, and in the wake of racial and political adjustments following the Civil War, the movement began to fracture. Cox traces the eventual dissolution of Spiritualism through the contradictions of its various regional and racial factions and through their increasingly circumscribed responses to a changing world. In the end, he concludes, the history of Spiritualism was written in the limits of sympathy, and not its limitlesspotential
Label
Body and soul : a sympathetic history of American spiritualism, Robert S. Cox, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-282) and index
Contents
Sleepwalking and sympathy -- Celestial symptoms -- Transparent spirits -- Angels' language -- Vox populi -- Invisible world -- Shades
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000798381
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780813922300
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003001842
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000798381
Label
Body and soul : a sympathetic history of American spiritualism, Robert S. Cox, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-282) and index
Contents
Sleepwalking and sympathy -- Celestial symptoms -- Transparent spirits -- Angels' language -- Vox populi -- Invisible world -- Shades
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000798381
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780813922300
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003001842
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000798381

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