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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonism

Editors: Shepherd, R. Gordon, Shepherd, A. Gary, Cragun, Ryan T. (Eds.)

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  • Provides an up-to-date, accurate, and nuanced picture of Mormonism
  • Gives readers a clear idea of where and how the LDS faith has penetrated national and cultural boundaries
  • Includes chapters addressing LGBTQ and minority issues in Mormonism
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This handbook explores contemporary Mormonism within a global context. The authors provide a nuanced picture of a historically American religion in the throes of the same kinds of global change that virtually every conservative faith tradition faces today. They explain where and how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has penetrated national and cultural boundaries in Latin America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as in North America beyond the borders of Mormon Utah. They also address numerous concerns within a multinational, multicultural church: What does it mean to be a Latter-day Saint in different world regions? What is the faith’s appeal to converts in these places? What are the peculiar problems for members who must manage Mormon identities in conjunction with their different national, cultural, and ethnic identities? How are leaders dealing with such issues as the status of women in a patriarchal church, the treatment of LGBTQ members, increasing disaffiliation of young people, and decreasing growth rates in North and Latin America while sustaining increasing growth in parts of Asia and Africa?  


About the authors

R. Gordon Shepherd is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Central Arkansas, USA

A. Gary Shepherd is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Oakland University, USA

Ryan T. Cragun is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Honors Program at the University of Tampa, USA.


Reviews

“In the decades after World War II, the LDS Church grew from an American religion to a worldwide faith. This handbook tells this story in 31 accessible, deeply-researched chapters. Explaining how the Church has changed and what lies ahead, the handbook's authors provide an invaluable resource to students and scholars of Mormonism, global religion, and religious change.” (Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA)

“The spread of the churches of the Mormon tradition beyond North America is the most pressing issue confronting these faiths today, and a potentially transformative process at every level, from institutional policy to member practice. As an evaluation of the issues at stake this book leaves no stone unturned. It will be vital not only to scholars in the field, but to anybody interested in the fate of religion in an increasingly globalized world.” (Matthew Bowman, Associate Professor of History and Religion, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University, USA)

“Modern Mormonism has become truly global in its reach and impact.  Combining impressive breadth and depth, this handbook is an informative guide for anyone seeking to understand what happens when an American religion hits the world stage.  An invaluable resource for scholars, students, and interested observers of one of the contemporary world’s most dynamic religious movements.” (Patrick Q. Mason, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History, Utah State University, USA) 

“I greatly welcome this scholarly collection of quality research articles on one of the most impressive religious movements to come out of the early 19th Century. Mormonism is a global phenomenon demanding close examination. It continues to grow and respond to its international environments while maintaining a core vision that has stood the test of time. The Handbook presents views both from within and from outside the faith that are refreshing and provide a great foundation for the inclusion of the LDS Church in further research programs. To ignore the Latter-day Saints in any study of global religion has become inexcusable. This Handbook will assist scholars to engage this vital and interesting movement.” (Gary D. Bouma, Professor Emeritus and UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Table of contents (31 chapters)

Table of contents (31 chapters)
  • Global Mormonism: A Historical Overview

    Pages 3-34

    McDannell, Colleen

  • The Evolving Ecclesiastical Organization of an International Lay Church

    Pages 35-55

    Prince, Gregory A.

  • The Gathering of Scattered Israel: The Missionary Enterprise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Pages 57-89

    Bartholomew, Ronald E.

  • Geographical Diffusion and Growth Patterns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Since World War II

    Pages 91-140

    Otterstrom, Samuel M. (et al.)

  • Pulling Toward Zion: Mormonism in Its Global Dimensions

    Pages 143-162

    Maffly-Kipp, Laurie F.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonism
Editors
  • R. Gordon Shepherd
  • A. Gary Shepherd
  • Ryan T. Cragun
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52616-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52616-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52615-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 868
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations
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