Allégations d'entorse aux lois : effets sur la réalité sociale d'un groupe de mormons polygames canadiens.
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Université de Montréal
The first article presents a historical portrait of the community, which an emphasis on the evolution of their dogma. A second deals with the question of the effects on the group of allegations of unlawful conduct formulated by social institutions, the media and detractors of the group. This analysis shows that since 1990, two types of reaction have been observed within the group: firstly a silent retreat, then one of confrontation. Contrary to certain prior research on relations between society and minority religious groups, this fundamentalist Mormon group does not entertain conflict in their relations with representatives of institutions of social control. The third article presents an analysis of the impact of the schism and of the allegations of unlawful conduct on the social identity of the group. These events are seen to have seriously affected the social identity of members of the community. Three principal dimensions of this identity crisis are identified, described and analysed.