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Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself

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Using supporting evidence that runs from the Solomon Islands and classical China to ancient Ireland, Akenson argues that there are four basic genealogical forms. Highly significant on its own, this insight also provides the information needed to assess the Latter-day Saints' efforts to provide a single narrative of how humanity keeps track of itself. Appendices cover topics of vital interest to historians, genealogists, and ethnographers, such as the use and limits of genetic data in genealogy, the reality of false-paternity as a widespread phenomenon in genealogical lines, and the vexing issues of incest and cousin-marriage. A unique study of a neglected topic, Some Family illuminates the stories that cultures tell themselves through their family trees.

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Genealogy and the Mormon effort to weave into a single narrative, person-by-person, every human being who ever lived.

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"Donald Akenson writes authoritatively and with verve about this controversial mixture of religion, politics, and culture … this is a good book that rewards repeated readings." Books in Canada

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Donald Harman Akenson is Douglas Professor of Canadian and Colonial History, Queen's University, the world's leading scholar on the Irish diaspora, and the author of several major works on the history of Judaism and Christianity.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780773537279
Author:
Akenson, Donald Harman
Publisher:
McGill-Queen's University Press
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
REFERENCE / Genealogy
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
349
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Genealogy » Heraldry
Religion » Christianity » Mormon » Mormonism
Science and Mathematics » Geology » General

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