The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation / Edition 1

The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation / Edition 1

by Armand L. Mauss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252020715

ISBN-13: 9780252020711

Pub. Date: 04/28/1994

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

"The past few decades have witnessed an increasing reaction of the Mormons against their own successful assimilation," Armand Mauss writes in The Angel and the Beehive, "as though trying to recover some of the cultural tension and special identity associated with their earlier 'sect-like' history." This retrenchment among Mormons is the main theme of Mauss's book,…  See more details below

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"The past few decades have witnessed an increasing reaction of the Mormons against their own successful assimilation," Armand Mauss writes in The Angel and the Beehive, "as though trying to recover some of the cultural tension and special identity associated with their earlier 'sect-like' history." This retrenchment among Mormons is the main theme of Mauss's book, which analyzes the last forty years of Mormon history from a sociological perspective. At the official ecclesiastical level, Mauss finds, the retrenchment can be seen in the greatly increased centralization of bureaucratic control and in renewed emphases on obedience to modern prophets, on genealogy and vicarious temple work, and on traditional family life; retrenchment is also apparent in extensive formal religious indoctrination by full-time professionals and in an increased sophistication and intensity of proselytizing. At what he refers to as "the folk or grassroots level," Mauss finds that Mormons have generally been compliant with the retrenchment effort and are today at least as "religious" on most measures as they were in the 1960s. A sizable segment of the Mormon membership, Mauss asserts, has gone beyond "Mormon" retrenchment to express itself in a growing resort to Protestant fundamentalism, both in scriptural understanding and in intellectual style. The author calls on a wide array of sources in sociology and history to show that Mormons, who by mid-century had come a long way from their position as disreputable "outsiders" in a society dominated by the mainline religions, seem now to be adopting more conservative ways and seeking a return to a more sectarian posture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252020711
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1The Mormon Movement in Metaphor and Theory3
2Mormons as a Case Study in Assimilation21
3Mormon Religious Beliefs at Midcentury33
4Mormon Social and Political Beliefs at Midcentury46
5Midcentury Mormon Peculiarity and Its Prospects60
6The Official Response to Assimilation77
7The Retrenchment Motif: Two Case Studies102
8The Grass-Roots Response to Official Retrenchment123
9Modern Mormon Religiosity and Its Consequences141
10Mormon Fundamentalism: The Institutional Matrix157
11Expressions of Folk Fundamentalism177
12The Angel and the Beehive: Present and Future196
Appendix: Survey Methods and Measurements215
References229
Index251

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