Whelan’s thorough research has resulted in a unique compilation of stories, doctrine and opinion regarding plural marriage in the Mormon Church. More Than One offers a compelling story about Mormon pioneers as they were commanded to marry more than one wife and includes a thought provoking scenario of plural marriage in a modern-day setting. This book is a must buy for those who have questions about their Mormon heritage and the practice of plural marriage.
Polygyny, or one man having several wives, is the preferred marriage pattern in most parts of the nonwestern world although most men cannot afford more than one wife. Polyandry, in which one woman has more than one husband, is quite rare in its classic form. Various types of plural marriage such as these are surfacing in western countries as viable alternatives and positive options to economic and spiritual crisis. Kilbride explores these new varieties of "family" as he finds them in the United States among Mormons, African-Americans, and New Age spiritual communes. His comparisons with European and African practices shed light on the renewed possibility of security and caregiving for our dependent generation who are at risk and who are suffering from fractured family relationships around the globe.
In this intriguing book, social psychologist Irwin Altman and anthropologist Joseph Ginat examine husband-wife and wife-wife relationships in contemporary Mormon polygamous families. The authors describe how husbands and wives in plural families cope with their complex lifestyle in various facets of everyday life, including courtship, weddings, honeymoons, adjustments to a new life, living arrangements, and the husband's rotation among wives. Other topics include budget and resource management, psychological attachments to homes, and the social-emotional relationships among family members. This pioneering, comprehensive analysis of life in modern day Mormon polygamous families uses first-hand interviews and observations to describe this unusual family lifestyle. It adds to our understanding of close relationships and complements knowledge on other modern relationship forms, such as single-parent families, blended families, and cohabitating partners. This is important reading for researchers in social psychology, anthropology, and religious studies. Lay readers will also find the subject matter to be fascinating.
The book emphasizes the problems caused by the inequalities in the number of women and men available for marriage. It leads to competition which frequently causes problems for women. In our Western Societies it leads to damaging divorce, which is in turn linked to spiraling crime. And it leads to all parties being poorer rather than benefiting from the economies of scale, personal freedoms and security that exist within plural marriage. The book goes into further detail on these and other important points. If you know all this already, and are committed to polygamy being an acceptable lifestyle with a place in the modern world, then this book will neither enlighten nor enthuse you. However, it will act as a contribution to the debate, and it may be just the right thing to introduce a friend to ideas which will be new to them.
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