Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives

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Marie Cornwall, Tim B. Heaton, Lawrence Alfred Young
University of Illinois Press, 2001 - Religion - 367 pages
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This collection of sociological essays focusing exclusively on Mormons offers refreshing new perspectives not only on Mormonism but also on the nature of successful religious movements, secularization and assimilation, church growth, patriarchy and gender roles, and other topics. This first paperback edition includes a new introduction assessing the current state of Mormon scholarship and the effect of the globalization of the LDS Church on scholarly research about Mormonism.
 

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Contents

Modernization and Mormon Growth The Secularization Thesis Revisted
13
Refuge and Retrenchment The Mormon Quest for Identity
24
Confronting Turbulent Environments Issues in the Organizational Growth and Globalization of Mormonism
43
Making Saints In the Early Days and the Latter Days
64
In Search of a Peculiar People Are Mormon Families Really Different?
87
Religion and Adolescent Drug Use A Comparison of Mormons and Other Religions
118
Religion and Mental Health Mormons and Other Groups
138
Sustaining a Lay Religion in Modern Society The Mormon Missionary Experience
161
Gringo Jeringo Anglo Mormon Missionary Culture in Bolivia
218
The Institutional Role of Mormon Women
239
Dealing with Social Change The Mormon Churchs Response to Change in Womens Roles
265
Mormons and Indians Beliefs Policies Programs and Practices
287
Secularization or Sacralization The Change in LDS Church Policy on Blacks
310
Black Mormon Converts in the United States and Africa Social Characteristics and Perceived Acceptance
326
Epilogue
349
Contributors
355

The Mormon Missionary Companionship
182
Powers of Heaven and Hell Mormon Missionary Narratives as Instruments of Socialization and Social Control
207

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About the author (2001)

Dr. Heaton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Associate Director of the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University. His major research focuses on the relationship between family characteristics on children s health in Latin America. In addition to analysis of the extensive data provided by the demographic and health surveys, he has helped collect data on mothers with children under age 5 in Bolivia and Colombia. He also continues to be interested in family demographics. Current work focuses on the divorce generation the cohort married in the late 1960s and 1970 which experienced unprecedented divorce rates. Now half of this cohort has experienced marital disruption. He has authored over 100 articles and chapters, and authored or edited 11 books.

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