Women of Principle: Female Networking in Contemporary Mormon Polygyny

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Oxford University Press, 8 oct. 1998 - 192 páginas
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 the reality 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 the mainstream 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 a viable alternative to the difficulties to single-motherhood, "spinsterhood," poverty, and emotional deprivation.

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Introduction Womens Place in a Patriarchal World
3
The People An Ethnographic Sketch
13
Ideological Blueprints Charters for Female Status and Satisfaction
41
Economic Challenges and Creative Financing How Judith Got By on 76 a Month
65
Courtship Marriage and Sexuality
80
Living Arrangements and Individuality Sharing Space
114
About Sickness Barrenness Aging and Death
123
The Nature of Female Relationships and the Network
129
Conclusion Female Kingdom Building in Mormon Fundamentalist Polygyny
143
Glossary
156
Notes
159
References
169
Index
175
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