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Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century

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Copyright: May 2016
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 288 pp.
Illustrations: 20 illustrations



Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Patrick Q. Mason

Mormon Studies

A new era in Mormon studies is emerging from an academy more attuned to the significance of religion, the increased public prominence of Mormons and Mormonism, and an increasing number of scholars applying ever-more sophisticated methods to the study of Mormonism. Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century captures this fruitful time by bringing together some of the most influential voices across the generations of Mormon studies. Neither a survey of the field nor a mere recapitulation of dominant themes, this volume charts areas for exploration and modes of inquiry that reflect the maturation of the field and help set the agenda for the next generation of Mormon studies scholarship.

Patrick Q. Mason is associate professor of religion, chair of the Religion Department, and Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South and coeditor of War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives.


Matthew Bowman; Claudia L. Bushman; Richard Bushman; Wilfried Decoo; Patrick Q. Mason; Michael McBride; Quincy D. Newell; Levi S. Peterson; W. Paul Reeve; Jana Riess; Gary Shepard; Jan Shipps; Shinji Takagi; Walter van Beek

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations
Introduction – Mormon Studies: The Emergence and State of the Field
Patrick Q. Mason

Part I: Reassessing Twentieth-Century Mormonism
1. Zion: The Progressive Roots of Mormon Correlation
Matthew Bowman
2. Mormon Ethnicity as Reality and Metaphor
Jan Shipps

Part II: American Church or World Religion?
3. Monks, Nationalists, and the Emperor: The Mormon Struggle in Japan, 1901–1924
Shinji Takagi
4. Church Unity and the Challenge of Cultural Diversity: A View from across the Sahara
Walter E. A. van Beek
5. Expanding Research for the Expanding International Church
Wilfried Decoo

Part III: The Burden of Race
6. What Jane James Saw
Quincy D. Newell
7. All “Mormon Elder-Berry’s” Children: Race, Whiteness, and the Attack on Mormon “Anglo-Saxon Triumphalism”
W. Paul Reeve

Part IV: Theoretical Models in the Study of Mormonism
8. Authority in Mormonism: A Rational Choice Analysis
Michael McBride
9. Statistical Content Analysis of Historical Documents:
 A Case for Social Science Analysis in Mormon Studies
Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd
10. Theory and Interpretation in Mormon Studies
Richard Lyman Bushman

Part V: Autobiography and Memoir in Mormon Studies
11. “I Still Think of Myself as a Mormon”: The Autobiography
of Wayne Booth—A Bold Experiment in Historiography
Levi S. Peterson
12. Art and Artifice: The Role of Memoir in Mormon Identity Formation
Jana Riess
Coda – A Man of His Time and Place: An Appreciation of Armand Mauss and the California Mormons
Claudia Bushman

List of Contributors

Praise and Reviews:

“This is an extraordinarily well-crafted collection of essays. The volume offers both a rearview mirror for where the field has been and a roadmap for where it is and can go. The sections and chapters push beyond the usual suspects providing one new direction after another.”
—Edward J. Blum, coauthor of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

“The essays are well written, thoughtful, and represent the best and most forward thinking work in Mormon studies. The authors offer up specific Mormon case studies, but from interpretive positions that make the material interesting and relevant to scholars in other fields.”
—Susanna Morrill, author of White Roses on the Floor of Heaven: Mormon Women's Popular Theology, 1880–1920

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