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A. J. TomlinsonPlainfolk Modernist$
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Roger Glenn Robins

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195165918.001.0001

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Radical Holiness and Plainfolk Modernism

Radical Holiness and Plainfolk Modernism

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(p.37) 3 Radical Holiness and Plainfolk Modernism
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A. J. Tomlinson
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Roger Glenn Robins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195165918.003.0004

This chapter explores the ways radical holiness captured, reflected, and embraced the tenor of its times. The qualities associated with modernity pervaded the movement’s culture and ideology. These qualities include the celebration of innovation and change; cultural optimism; the glorification of science, technology, and power; a dialectic relationship with urbanization; blurring of regional boundaries; and a social ethics that undermined traditional assumptions about race and gender. Radical holiness voiced each of these qualities in the idioms of plainfolk culture.

Keywords:   radical holiness, plainfolk modernism, innovation, cultural optimism, science and technology, urbanization, race, gender

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