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Bennion, Janet 1964-

Works: 9 works in 44 publications in 1 language and 3,366 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Poetry 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BX8641, 306.8423088283
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janet Bennion
Women of principle female networking in contemporary Mormon polygyny by Janet Bennion( )
19 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is notorious that the early Mormons practiced polygyny, or plural marriage, and that they were forced to renounce this custom as a condition for Utah's statehood. Even today, some defiant groups of "fundamentalist" Mormons continue to live in illicit polygynous marriages. This book offers an in-depth study of the female experience in one Mormon polygynous community, the Apostolic United Brethren. Characteristically, women in such rigid and patriarchal religious groups are portrayed as the oppressed, powerless victims of male domination. Janet Bennion shows, however, that the reality is far more complex. Bennion concludes that membership in this particular patriarchal community is actually advantageous to women and disadvantageous to men. She buttresses her controversial argument with narratives from the lives of women now living in the group - narratives that clearly reveal why many mainstream Mormon women are viewing polygyny as a viable alternative to the difficulties of single motherhood, "spinsterhood," poverty, and emotional deprivation. This provocative study of a fascinating yet little-studied religious community will be of great interest to students and scholars of religious, Mormon, and gender studies, as well as to anthropologists and Mormons in general
Polygamy in primetime media, gender, and politics in Mormon fundamentalism by Janet Bennion( )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Challenges the myths about plural marriage, including that they are uniformly abusive and harmful to women, explaining that it can provide economic security and social sustenance, and argues the case for legalizing polygamy
Desert patriarchy : Mormon and Mennonite communities in the Chihuahua Valley by Janet Bennion( Book )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Evaluating the effects of polygamy on women and children in four North American Mormon fundamentalist groups : an anthropological study by Janet Bennion( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kings, queens, and covenants : an analysis of male and female conversion and integration in a Mormon polygynous community by Janet Bennion( )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This study explores the factors determining successful convert integration in a contemporary Mormon polygynous society. Based on a four-year analysis of conversion and integration experiences, it was found that males and females generally differ in their motivations to join the group and their strategies in the kingdom-building process. Males are primarily drawn to the ideological prerogatives of higher priesthood status and the relative freedom in the pursuit of fundamentalist gospel practices and interpretations not found in the Mormon Church. Once baptized, males experience harsh competitive obstacles and become alienated by the system. Females seek improved socioeconomic status for themselves and their children and an escape from their marginalized status in the mainstream Church. In the polygynous group women experience rapid assimilation, autonomy, and upward mobility. The overall results of a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the conversion/commitment process show that this particular Mormon-offshoot patriarchal community is advantageous to women and disadvantageous to men"--Leaf [iv]
History, Culture, and Variability of Mormon Schismatic Groups by Janet Bennion( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Cowboy fashion : clothing as part of the western landscape by Janet Bennion( )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Anthropology, African adventure ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Features Lyndon State College Prof. Janet Bennion's trip to the Sanye' tribe in the village of Debaso, Kenya, Africa in June 2004, accompanied by five of her students. Scenes of her trip include: the Debaso Baptist church, Gede ruins, Dungo Kundo school, the Debaso clinic, The Island and the Giriama dance, and the village of Samburu and the Samburu dance
The Many Faces of Polygamy: an Analysis of the Variability in Modern Mormon Fundamentalism in the Intermountain West by Janet Bennion( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Audience level: 0.45 (from 0.10 for The Many F ... to 0.95 for Kings, que ...)
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