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No Grounds for Conversation: The Regional Construction of Fundamental Difference between Mormonism and Socialism

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This paper explores a missed opportunity for serious conversation or even alliance between some adherents of socialism and Mormonism. The Americanization of Mormons and Utah around 100 years ago opened Mormons up to broader alliances than had been possible during most of the 19th century. A few Mormons and socialists thought that intersections between the two groups’ egalitarian ideologies could be fruitfully explored. However, this potential evaporated as Mormonism and socialism were culturally constructed as antithetical within regional life. Through this case, the paper comments on alliance-building strategies within radical politics and the practice of critical human geography.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: College of Arts and Sciences, Brigham Young University, USA email:

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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