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The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725$
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Adrian Davies

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208204.001.0001

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Body Language

Body Language

Chapter:
(p.43) 3 Body Language
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The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725
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ADRIAN DAVIES

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208204.003.0004

This chapter discusses how the responses to Quakers' body language reveal a great deal about general attitudes to civility and bodily control at that time. Friends' unusual body language is an important factor in providing an explanation on the hostility they encountered in local society. Much advice was given about the correct use of the physical body during the early modern period. The principal method of acknowledging the status of life of an individual was through the medium of the physical body. The bodily style of Quakers was related to Friends' experience of spiritual rebirth and the path to heavenly perfection.

Keywords:   body language, Quakers, civility, body control, Friends, local society, modern period, psychical body, spiritual rebirth, heavenly perfection

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