The Polygamist Papers is the flagship volume in a series that examines plural marriage from a socioeconomic perspective. It was drafted to:
- ensure readers an accurate understanding of polygamous culture’s intent and purpose,
- highlight the cross-cultural and international scope of polygamy,
- reveal the communitarian ethic inherent within polygamous families, and
- uproot mythology surrounding polygamy.
The Polygamist Papers is the beginning of an ethnographic endeavor that spans three decades and 20,000 hours of primary research. The author was raised in a polygamous family in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and has been given testimonies from polygamists residing in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as well as adult children and former members of polygamous families. This 54-page revised edition has been updated with nearly 40 footnotes, an expanded bibliography, and additional reader reviews, while improvements were made to grammar, tone, and font style. “The Polygamist Papers, Vol. 2: Polygamy as Economic Warfare,” debuts Spring 2015.