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Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues (Paperback)
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Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 17/03/2011
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Few people realize that polygamy continues to exist in the United States. Thus, world-wide attention focused on the State of Texas in 2008 as agents surrounded the compound of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and took custody of more than 400 children. Several members of this schismatic religious group, whose women adorned themselves in "prairie dresses,admitted to practicing polygamy. The state justified the raid on charges that underage marriage was being forced on young women. A year later, however, all but one of the children had been returned to their parents and only ten men were charged with crimes, some barely related to the original charges. This book reveals the history, culture, and sometimes an insider's look at the polygamous groups located primarily in the western parts of the United States. The contributors to this volume are historians, anthropologists, and sociologists familiar with the various groups. A legal scholar also addresses the legality of the Texas raid and a geneticist examines the paternity issues. Together, these authors provide a much needed understanding of the surprisingly large number of groups and individuals who live a quiet polygamous life style in the United States.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199746385
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 233 x 159 x 27 mm


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This well-balanced collection by historians, social scientists, and legal scholars, most of them established experts, provides a comprehensive treatment of the FLDS and other contemporary polygamous cultures in North America. The authors examine religious and other rationales for this way of life that are offered by both male and female participants, and present candid critiques both of the polygamous communities and of their antagonists in law enforcement and in the mass media. * Armand L. Mauss, author of The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation *
At last some light, not just heat about America's new polygamy scandal, its roots and ramifications. Both well reasoned and well written, this book shows the people and the principles at stake. It will change how you think about both. * Kathleen Flake, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Vanderbilt University *
Modern Polygamy in the United States is an outstanding book. Together, these authors provide a much-needed understanding of the surprisingly large number of groups and individuals who live the polygamous life style in the United States. * Vickie Cleverley Speek, the Association for Mormon Letters *

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