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The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender

Edited By

Taylor Petrey


Amy Hoyt

ISBN 9780815395218
Published May 20, 2020 by Routledge
646 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender is an outstanding reference source to this controversial subject area. Since its founding in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has engaged gender in surprising ways. LDS practice of polygamy in the nineteenth century both fueled rhetoric of patriarchal rule as well as gave polygamous wives greater autonomy than their monogamous peers. The tensions over women’s autonomy continued after polygamy was abandoned and defined much of the twentieth century. In the 1970s, 1990s, and 2010s, Mormon feminists came into direct confrontation with the male Mormon hierarchy. These public clashes produced some reforms, but fell short of accomplishing full equality. LGBT Mormons have a similar history. These movements are part of the larger story of how Mormonism has managed changing gender norms in a global context. Comprising over forty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into four parts:

• Methodological issues

• Historical approaches

• Social scientific approaches

• Theological approaches.

These sections examine central issues, debates, and problems, including: agency, feminism, sexuality and sexual ethics, masculinity, queer studies, plural marriage, homosexuality, race, scripture, gender and the priesthood, the family, sexual violence, and identity.

The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, gender studies, and women’s studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as cultural studies, politics, anthropology, and sociology.

Table of Contents


Amy Hoyt and Taylor G. Petrey

Part I: Methodological issues

1. Gender and culture in a global church

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

2. Race and gender in Mormonism: 1830-1978

Joseph R. Stuart and Amanda Hendrix-Komoto

3. Intersectionality

Chiung Hwang Chen and Ethan Yorgason

4. Feminities

Amy Hoyt

5. Masculinities

Sara M. Patterson

Part II: Historical approaches

6. Joseph Smith, plural marriage, and kinship

Benjamin E. Park

7. Mormon gender in the age of polygamy

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

8. Mormon women and scripture in the nineteenth century

Amy Easton-Flake

9. Mormonism, gender, and art in nineteenth-century Scandinavia

Julie K. Allen

10. Mormon gender in the progressive era

Matthew Bowman

11. Mormon gender in the mid-twentieth century

Colleen McDannell

12. Mormon feminism after 1970

Claudia L. Bushman

13. Gender and missionary work

David Golding

14. Homosexuality and therapeutic culture in Mormonism

Eric G. Swedin

15. Homosexuality and politics in Mormonism

Neil J. Young

16. Mormon LGBTQ organizing and organizations

John Donald Gustav-Wrathall

17. Mormonism, gender, and art

Mary Campbell

18. Mormon literature and gender

Fara Anderson Sneddon

19. Sexual purity and its discontents in Mormonism

Sara Moslener

20. Mormonism and sexual violence

Andrea G. Radke-Moss

Part III: Social scientific approaches

21. Women and religious organizations: a "microbiological" approach to influence

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

22. Global Mormon perspectives and experiences of family structures

Caroline Kline

23. Structures of home and family: North America

Megan Ann Stanton

24. Non-traditional families

Ryan T. Cragun and Giuseppina Valle Holway

25. Social science perspectives on gender and Mormon orthodoxy

Jana Riess and Benjamin Knoll

26. Gender and mental health in Mormon contexts

Rebekah Perkins Crawford

27. Women’s gender roles and Mormonism in England

Alison Halford

28. Institutional gender negotiations within Irish Mormon congregations

Hazel O’Brien

29. Peruvian Mormon matchmaking: the limits of Mormon endogamy at Zion’s border

Jason Palmer

30. Mormon women at work in Nicaragua

Amanda Talbot Tew

31. Mormon masculinity, family, and kava in the Pacific

Arcia Tecun and S. Ata Siu‘ulua

32. Gendered dynamics and institutions within Nigerian Mormonism

Russell W. Stevenson

Part IV: Theological approaches

33. Scripture and gender

Joseph M. Spencer

34. Theology of the family

Rosalynde Welch

35. Theology of sexuality

Taylor G. Petrey

36. Queer Mormons

K. Mohrman

37. Trans and mutable bodies

Kelli D. Potter

38. Feminism and Heavenly Mother

Fiona Givens

39. Women and the priesthood

Jonathan A. Stapley

40. Men and the priesthood

Margaret Toscano

41. Mujerista theology

Sujey Vega


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Amy Hoyt as Visiting Scholar of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, USA. Her work specifically focuses on issues of gender within Mormonism in North America and Africa. She has published in Feminist Theology, Mormon Studies Review, and Gender & History.

Taylor G. Petrey is Associate Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College, USA and editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is the author of Tabernacles of Clay: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Mormonism (2020).


Gender and sexuality give rise to passionate debates among contemporary Mormon studies scholars and the communities they study. This handbook serves as an indispensable orientation to these complex issues and as a springboard for future research. I highly recommend this volume for anyone interested in the history, culture, theology, and future prospects of the Latter-day Saints.

Patrick Q. Mason, Utah State University, USA