Journal Article

Evolution of Ideals for Women in Mormon Periodicals, 1897–1999

Laura Vance

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 63, issue 1, pages 91-112
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712541
Evolution of Ideals for Women in Mormon Periodicals, 1897–1999

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An important locus for mediation of a religious movement's self-definition and relationship with secular society is found in its definition of gender roles, especially in definition of ideal roles for women. Content analysis of Mormon periodicals reveals tension between accommodation and resistance to secular gender norms with a shift from advocation of women's participation in extra-domestic activities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to insistence upon women's primary, even exclusive, obligations as wives, mothers and homemakers in the 1970s and advocation of inconsistent ideals in the 1980s and 1990s. Findings are discussed with reference to Mormonism's changing response to its sociocultural environment.

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