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- DescriptionThe practice of polygamy occupies a unique place in North American history and has had a profound effect on its legal and social development. The Polygamy Question explores the ways in which indigeus and immigrant polygamy have shaped the lives of individuals, communities, and the broader societies that have engaged with it. The book also considers how polygamy challenges our traditional tions of gender and marriage and how it might be effectively regulated to comport with contemporary tions of justice. The contributors to this volume-scholars of law, anthropology, sociology, political science, ecomics, and religious studies-disentangle diverse forms of polygamy and polyamory practiced among a range of religious and national backgrounds including Mormon and Muslim. They chart the harms and benefits these models have on practicing women, children, and men, whether they are independent families or members of coherent religious groups. Contributors also address the complexities of evaluating this form of marriage and the ethical and legal issues surrounding regulation of the practice, including the pros and cons of legalization. Plural marriage is the next frontier of North American marriage law and possibly the next civil rights battlefield. Students and scholars interested in polygamy, marriage, and family will find much of interest in The Polygamy Question. Contributors include Kerry Abrams, Martha Bailey, Lori Beaman, Janet Bennion, Jonathan Cowden, Shoshana Grossbard, Melanie Heath, Debra Majeed, Rose McDermott, Sarah Song, and Maura Irene Strassberg.
- Author BiographyJanet Bennion is professor of anthropology at Lyndon State College in Vermont. She is the author of four previous books on polygamous societies including her most recent, Polygamy in Primetime. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe is the associate director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University, where she directs the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law.
- PublisherUtah State University Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2016
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationLogan
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUtah State University Press
- Weight380 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byJanet Bennion,Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
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