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Polygamy, Prop 8, and the Peculiar People: Sexuality in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Abstract This dissertation addresses the issue of sexuality in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), also known as the Mormon Church, on both the institutional and individual levels. It traces the ways that the LDS Church's early persecution over polygamy, and the enduring effects of this history - both within and outside the Church - have helped to shape contemporary Mormon policies and public actions related to sexuality and marriage. Despite its relative success in achieving assimilation with the larger American society, the LDS Church continues to be associated with the practice of polygamy, creating a need for the Church to prove its adherence to traditional marriage and sexual norms. This work analyzes Mormon involvement i... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Wertman, Ann (Author) / Fessenden, Tracy (Advisor) / Wenger, Tisa (Committee member) / Bush, Laura (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Religion in the Americas / Religious Studies
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 183 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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