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Modern polygamy in the United States : historical, cultural, and legal issues

Author: Cardell K Jacobson; Lara Burton
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cardell K Jacobson; Lara Burton
ISBN: 9780199746378 0199746370 9780199746385 0199746389
OCLC Number: 466084007
Description: xxvi, 368 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Fundamentalist Mormon and FLDS Time Line --
The incident at Eldorado, Texas / Cardell K. Jacobson and Lara Burton --
Historical and Cultural Patterns of Polygamy in the United States: Estranged Groups. A repeat of history: a comparison of the Short Creek and Eldorado raids on the FLDS / Martha Sonntag Bradley --
One vision: the making, unmaking, and remaking of a fundamentalist polygamous community / Heber B. Hammon and William Jankowiak --
Twenty years of observations about the fundamentalist polygamists / Ken Driggs --
History, culture, and variability of Mormon schismatic groups / Janet Bennion --
Differing polygamous patterns: nineteenth-century LDS and twenty-first-century FLDS marriage systems / Kathryn M. Daynes --
Social Scientists Examine Polygamy and the Seizure of the FLDS Children. Demographic, social, and economic characteristics of a polygamist community / Tim B. Heaton and Cardell K. Jacobson --
The many faces of polygamy: an analysis of the variability in modern Mormon fundamentalism in the intermountain West / Janet Bennion --
"What's love got to do with it?" : earthly experience of celestial marriage, past and present / Carrie A. Miles --
Social scientific perspectives on the FLDS raid and the corresponding media coverage / Ryan T. Cragun and Michael Nielsen --
Learning the wrong lessons: a comparison of FLDS, Family International, and Branch Davidian child-protection interventions / Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd --
The international fight against barbarism: historical and comparative perspectives on marriage timing, consent, and polygamy / Arland Thornton --
Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding the Seizure of the FLDS Children. Child protection law and the FLDS raid in Texas / Linda F. Smith --
The intricacies and ethics of parental genetic testing / Deborah L. Cragun and Ryan T. Cragun.
Responsibility: edited by Cardell K. Jacobson with Lara Burton.
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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 an understanding of the surprisingly large number of groups and individuals who live a quiet polygamous life style in the United States.

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