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Polygamy's Rights and Wrongs
Perspectives on Harm, Family, and Law
Gillian Calder   Lori G. Beaman  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774826150    


$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2014
ISBN: 9780774826167    


276 Pages





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About the Book

Assumptions about the harmful nature of polygamy have left little room for debate, with monogamy coming to represent a hallmark of civil society, and polygamy the immoral alternative. Opponents have argued that polygamy is harmful to women, children, personal freedom, and even national values, and press for prosecution.

Yet in this volume, a diverse group of eleven scholars asks whether this response is justified by examining, among other perspectives, the lived experiences of polygamous families. These historians, legal scholars, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, and religious studies scholars, some of whom are personally connected to polygamous families, seek to complicate a conversation that is more often simplified. In essays that fearlessly face difficult questions of love, choice, and dignity, the authors point to the less well-known stories of polygamous family life -- the women living radically non-patriarchal lives in polygamous families, the powerful sense of pride and belonging within polygamous communities, and research that interrogates the real differences between monogamous and polygamous families.

Thoughtful and persuasive, Polygamy's Rights and Wrongs is both a close consideration of polygamy -- its historical place and its presence in contemporary society -- and a challenging reflection on the ways in which we value family and intimacy.


About the Author(s)

Gillian Calder is an associate professor in the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law.

Lori G. Beaman is the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada and a professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Is Polygamy Inherently Harmful? / Lori G. Beaman

1 Plus Ça Change ... ? Bountiful's Diverse and Durable Marriage Practices / Angela Campbell

2 How Should Public Institutions Assess Religious Identity? The Case of Polygamy / Avigail Eisenberg

3 Polygamy and the Predicament of Contemporary Criminal Law / Benjamin L. Berger

4 Are They Not Us? A Personal Reflection on Polygamy / Arta Blanche Johnson

5 Reflecting on Polygamy: What's the Harm? / Rebecca Johnson

6 Polygamy in the Parisian Banlieues: Debate and Discourse on the 2005 French Suburban Riots / Jennifer A. Selby

7 Polygamy and Race-Thinking: A Genealogy / Margaret Denike

8 Making Them Fit: The Australian National Census and Aboriginal Family Forms / Frances Morphy

9 The Raids at Short Creek and Yearning for Zion Ranch and the Law of Unintended Consequences / Martha Bradley-Evans

Conclusion: "To the Exclusion of All Others" -- Polygamy, Monogamy, and the Legal Family in Canada / Gillian Calder

Bibliography

Index


Reviews

"Original and important. Since polygamy has long been hidden from scholarly and popular view, the broad range of interdisciplinary contributors provides an extensive and challenging exploration of this highly controversial issue."
-- Beverley Baines, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, and co-editor of Feminist Constitutionalism

"The contributors to this volume skilfully expose the underlying ideological and cultural motives for condemning polygamy in Western societies awash in nontraditional marriage and family forms. The book makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of how legal fictions are constructed to preserve the status quo."
-- Stuart A. Wright, Professor, Department of Sociology, Lamar University, and co-author of Saints under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints


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