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The Angel and Beehive : THE MORMON STRUGGLE WITH ASSIMILATION - Armand L. Mauss

The Angel and Beehive


Hardcover Published: 1st April 1994
ISBN: 9780252020711
Number Of Pages: 280

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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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"Mauss's socio-historical analysis of selected transformations in the Mormon Church ... makes significant contributions to the sociology of religion. -- Sociology of Religion.

The Mormon Movement in Metaphor and Theoryp. 3
Mormons as a Case Study in Assimilationp. 21
Mormon Religious Beliefs at Midcenturyp. 33
Mormon Social and Political Beliefs at Midcenturyp. 46
Midcentury Mormon Peculiarity and Its Prospectsp. 60
The Official Response to Assimilationp. 77
The Retrenchment Motif: Two Case Studiesp. 102
The Grass-Roots Response to Official Retrenchmentp. 123
Modern Mormon Religiosity and Its Consequencesp. 141
Mormon Fundamentalism: The Institutional Matrixp. 157
Expressions of Folk Fundamentalismp. 177
The Angel and the Beehive: Present and Futurep. 196
Appendix: Survey Methods and Measurementsp. 215
Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780252020711
ISBN-10: 0252020715
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st April 1994
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54

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