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The Performance of Normativity


Mormons and the Construction of an American Masculinity


This paper examines the construction of masculinity among male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and its underlying historical factors.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0116-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1069
Publication Date: Aug 24,2012
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 30
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0116-6
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This paper, initially published in the Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, examines the construction of masculinity among male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and its underlying historical factors. Elizabeth Ruchti examines the origins of the community’s gendered practices in mid-nineteenth century and early twentieth century Mormon history. She argues that Mormon men embrace and perform an all-American mode of masculinity while also proudly maintaining a socially marginal status. A provocative read, this work is ideal for scholars of gender studies and American studies.

This paper, initially published in the Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, examines the construction of masculinity among male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and its underlying historical factors. Elizabeth Ruchti examines the origins of the community’s gendered practices in mid-nineteenth century and early twentieth century Mormon history. She argues that Mormon men embrace and perform an all-American mode of masculinity while also proudly maintaining a socially marginal status. A provocative read, this work is ideal for scholars of gender studies and American studies.

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Elizabeth Ruchti

  • Mormons: A Normative Minority (page 5)
  • The First Vision and the Power of the Patriarchy (page 7)
  • The True American Adam (page 12)
  • A Trail of Abjection (page 18)
  • The Great Capitulation: Mormon Assimilation (page 20)
  • Staging the American Masculine Ideal (page 22)
  • Conclusion: Adam, the Abject in His Own Kingdom (page 25)
  • References (page 27)