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RELIGIOUS STIGMA: A PECULIAR PEOPLE A FEMINIST ANALYSIS OF STIGMA ON THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
This thesis analyzes the stigma placed on members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the tactics used to mitigate the experienced stigma. Throughout history the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been recipients of the effects of stigma. Early Church members were physically accosted, murdered, and terrorized for their faith. Today, the persecution continues as discursive violence. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bleeds into every part of a member’s life, as well as into their identity. When others attack the Church, members, or their beliefs, members use various tactics to reduce the feeling of the stigma they experience.