The Sociohistorical Context of a Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamous Life
In this chapter, I explore the life stories of Emma, Sarah, and Mary within the sociohistorical context of their polygamous backgrounds. In this study, I explore readiness for higher education across the data, to understand how the sociohistorical context of a polygamous life impacts readiness for higher education. Clear themes emerged across the data that informed understanding of each of the themes that emerged through exploration of each woman’s life stories: experience with academic settings, perceptions of a need for education, non-academic experiences that contributed to readiness for higher education settings, and an independent self-concept. Understanding the patriarchal nature of polygamous communities provides additional insight that helps to understand the impact of a polygamous life on the participant’s readiness for higher education.
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