By Irwin Altman
During this exciting booklet, social psychologist Irwin Altman and anthropologist Joseph Ginat learn husband-wife and wife-wife relationships in modern Mormon polygamous households. The authors describe how husbands and other halves in plural households deal with their advanced way of life in quite a few features of daily life, together with courtship, weddings, honeymoons, changes to a brand new lifestyles, dwelling preparations, and the husband's rotation between better halves. different themes contain price range and source administration, mental attachments to houses, and the social-emotional relationships between relations. This pioneering, entire research of lifestyles in modern-day Mormon polygamous households makes use of first-hand interviews and observations to explain this strange relations way of life. It provides to our knowing of shut relationships and enhances wisdom on different glossy courting varieties, reminiscent of single-parent households, mixed households, and cohabitating companions. this is often very important interpreting for researchers in social psychology, anthropology, and non secular stories. Lay readers also will locate the subject material to be interesting.
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34 Historical background At the same time, the noose was tightening in the political arena and in the courts. Persons of such stature as Presidents James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant spoke out against the Mormon practice of polygyny. Furthermore, Grant replaced Brigham Young with a new territorial governor of Utah and appointed a chief justice of the territorial court who immediately indicted Young on charges of cohabitation. S. Supreme Court on procedural irregularities, Grant continued to encourage congressional legislation against the Mormons (Van Wagoner, 1989).
An appreciation of the social, cultural, religious, and historical roots of Mormon fundamentalism may help to minimize uninformed judgments and inaccurate stereotypes about this most unusual American lifestyle. Our transactional strategy also reflects a distinctive scientific and philosophical approach to knowledge (Altman and Rogoff, 1987). Our goal is to describe and understand the pattern and flow of psychological processes. We are less concerned with identifying specific antecedent-consequent relationships (A causes or leads to B) and more with searching for patterns of relationships between variables - much as one pieces together the parts of a jigsaw puzzle.
Summary Contemporary Mormon polygynous families offer a great opportunity to study the development and management of close personal relationships. In the present work, we are especially interested in the unique nature of relationships between husbands and wives and between wives in plural families, and in the methods used to ensure that such complex sets of relationships remain viable in the face of little cultural guidance or personal experience with polygynous relationships. Polygyny is also of interest in the context of present-day American society, which features a diversity of close relationship forms, including single parents, blended families, cohabiting couples, and same-gender relationships.