Recently a sociology graduate student in Mexico posted a question to the ASPMS list asking for pointers to articles discussing the church’s system for youth education (or CES in general), or to discussions of “institutions of socialization within the church.” He is working on a master thesis project which compares religious education among Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses in a particular region in Mexico (Veracruz). He also asked for recommendations on how to make a comparison between socialization strategies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons.
A BYU history professor and student provided a bibliography with some relevant texts. Others pointed him to the half a dozen recent Dialogue articles on the Church in Latin America. But, even in these bibliographies, and in quick electronic searches I conducted through past issues of Dialogue, Sunstone, BYU Studies, and the Journal of Mormon History, I found surprisingly few discussions of the Church Education System. (Our “institutions of socialization” could be interpreted as including Primary, the Young Women organization, Scouts, the BYUs, etc., so there are, of course, more articles that address that wider ambit.)
Do you have any suggestions for this Mexican researcher with an interest in the academic study of Mormonism, including ideas on comparing Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses?
References he was pointed to include:
LaMond Tullis, Mormons in Mexico: The Dynamics of Faith and Culture. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 1987.
Efrain Villalobos Vasques, “Church Schools in Mexico.” In F.L. Tullis, ed. Mormonism: A Faith for All Cultures. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1978.
“Church Education in Mexico.” Ensign 2:9 (September 1972).
Janine Boyce, “Messages from the Manuals- Twelve Years Later” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 27:2, Summer 1994 (available on line)
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