Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education: Life after Mormon Fundamentalism

Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education: Life after Mormon Fundamentalism

by Laura Parson

Hardcover(1st ed. 2019)

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This volume explores the life stories of women who were former members of Mormon fundamentalist polygamous societies, from their own perspectives, to seek insight into their readiness for higher education settings. In order to support all learners in higher education, it is important to understand the unique needs of women students who have non-traditional formal schooling experiences and/or have come from restrictive or patriarchal cultures. This book helps further the discourse by providing recommendations for inclusive programs that consider how to develop elements of self-concept, empowerment, and motivation necessary for higher education success—academically and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030027971
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Laura Parson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Higher Education at Auburn University, USA. Her research interests focus on effective teaching and learning in higher education, explored through a critical lens. She is a qualitative methodologist, with a focus on ethnographic and narrative methods of inquiry.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Understanding Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamy
3. Emma's Story
4. Sarah's Story
5. Mary's Story
6. The Sociohistorical Context of a Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamous Life
7. Higher Education Programs
8. Conclusion

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From the Publisher

“Parson’s reflection on the transformative power of higher education in the lives of polygamous women helps illuminate how much ‘setup’ matters—the ways communities think about gender, opportunities and possibilities, and the assumptions about who can go further than they imagined and who cannot. This analysis offers fresh new perspective on the lives of women who have lived in polygamous families and who have left.” (Martha Bradley Evans, Professor of Architecture and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of Utah, USA)

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