Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives

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9780252020766: Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives

"Contemporary Mormonism" is the first collection of sociological essays to focus exclusively on Mormons. Featuring the work of the major scholars conducting social science research on Mormons today, this volume 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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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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"[This volume] integrates the best scholarship among contemporary Mormon social scientists and historians. Excellent writing characterizes each contribution, making the book accessible to a general audience as well as social scientists and historians." -- Patrick McNamara, author of Conscience First, Tradition Second: A Study of Young Catholics "The ethnographic evidence presented in these essays, unlike survey research data, provides a vibrant view of the meaning and significance of Mormon culture and, thereby, stronger grounds for scholarly theorizing... Students of the RLDS Church will find much of general interest, and several contributions to be of particular value." -- John Whitmer Historical Association Journal

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