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    Description"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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    The Angel and the Beehive
    The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Armand L. Mauss
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9780252020711
    ISBN 10: 0252020715

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: HR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A13683000
    DC22: 289.3/73
    B&T Approval Code: A13807000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL046000
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 289.373
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    LC classification: BX8643.C84 M38 1994
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: QR
    University of Illinois Press
    Imprint name
    University of Illinois Press
    Publication date
    30 June 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "Mauss's socio-historical analysis of selected transformations in the Mormon Church ... makes significant contributions to the sociology of religion. -- Sociology of Religion.