Women of Principle: Female Networking in Contemporary Mormon Polygyny

Hardcover | July 1, 1998

byJanet Bennion

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This book offers an in-depth study of the female experience in one Mormon polygynous community, the Apostolic United Brethren. Women in such rigid, patriarchal religious groups are commonly portrayed as the oppressed, powerless victims of male domination. Janet Bennion shows, however, that thereality is far more complex. Many women converts are attracted to this group, and they are much more likely than male converts to remain there. Often these women are seeking improved socio-economic status for themselves and their children, as well as an escape from their marginalized status in themainstream Mormon church. In the polygynous group women experience rapid assimilation, autonomy, and upward mobility. Bennion supports her study with narratives from the lives of women now living in the group--narratives that clearly reveal why many mainstream Mormon women are viewing polygyny as aviable alternative to the difficulties to single-motherhood, "spinsterhood," poverty, and emotional deprivation.

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This book offers an in-depth study of the female experience in one Mormon polygynous community, the Apostolic United Brethren. Women in such rigid, patriarchal religious groups are commonly portrayed as the oppressed, powerless victims of male domination. Janet Bennion shows, however, that thereality is far more complex. Many women con...

Janet Bennion is at University of Maine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.31 × 5.79 × 0.91 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195120701

ISBN - 13:9780195120707

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"[An] excellent social anthropological work [examining] contemporary polygamy among fundamentalists with just enough history to show that the roots of these movements are undeniably Mormon."--Journal of Mormon History