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Polygamy: a Very Short Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0197533175

ISBN-13: 9780197533178

Edition: N/A

Authors: Sarah M. S. Pearsall

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Marriage has not always meant just one man and one woman. For much of human history, over much of the globe, the most common alternative was polygamy: marriage involving more than one spouse. Polygamy, or plural marriage, has long been an accepted form of union in human societies, involving people living on every continent. However, polygamy has come to symbolize a problematic, even "barbaric," form of marriage that is often labeled as "backwards," less modern and progressive, embodying the oppression of women by men. In Polygamy: A Very Short Introduction, Sarah M. S. Pearsall explores what plural marriages reveal about the inner workings of marriage and describes the controversies…    
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Book details

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/14/2022
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.97" wide x 4.57" long x 0.36" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Sarah M. S. Pearsall is a member of the Department of History, Northwestern University. She was previously a Lecturer in Modern History at St. Andrews University, and has held long-term fellowships at the Newberry Library and Cambridge University. She received her PhD from HarvardUniversity. Her articles have appeared in numerous books and journals, including The William and Mary Quarterly.