Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education

Life after Mormon Fundamentalism

  • Laura Parson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-138

About this book


This volume explores the life stories of women who were former members of Mormon fundamentalist polygamous societies, from their own perspectives, to seek insight into their readiness for higher education settings. In order to support all learners in higher education, it is important to understand the unique needs of women students who have non-traditional formal schooling experiences and/or have come from restrictive or patriarchal cultures. This book helps further the discourse by providing recommendations for inclusive programs that consider how to develop elements of self-concept, empowerment, and motivation necessary for higher education success—academically and beyond. 


Mormon fundamentalism Polygamy Feminist Standpoint Theory Student Affairs Patriarchy Feminism College readiness Adult basic education

Authors and affiliations

  • Laura Parson
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Foundations, Leadership, and TechnologyAuburn UniversityAuburn, ALUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02797-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02798-8
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