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Performing Pacifism

Patricia Appelbaum

in Kingdom to Commune

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780807832677
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469605975
Performing Pacifism

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The range of pacifist performance is wide. Individuals and groups enacted their pacifism for intimate gatherings and for the larger public. Speeches, discussion, marches, picket lines, rallies, and public pledges emerged early and remained standard forms of pacifist action. This chapter focuses on the interwar period and on three modes of group performance that were widely used: worship services, plays, and pageants. It considers the written texts of readings, liturgies, and scripts; the gestures, actions, and visual signals through which the texts were embodied and enacted; and the effects of word and embodiment on participants and audience.

Keywords: religious pacifism; Protestant pacifism; interwar period; group performance; Protestantism; worship services; plays; pageants

Chapter.  6266 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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