Abstract

The study was designed to be a critical assessment of the Snow-Machalek Conversion Typology. Data were collected from Mormon converts in the British Isles, and an attempt was made to apply the typology to these converts. It was assumed that if the typology could be effectively applied to Mormon converts, strong correlations would be found between its dimensions and quantitative measures of conversion. It was also assumed that social integration of converts would play an important part in the conversion process.

The application of the typology proved to be very difficult; however, some dimensions seemed to be more useful than others. Social integration was very important for British converts to Mormonism. An alternative theoretical emphasis to the study of conversion is offered which stresses the importance of social integration in the development of a new global perspective.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology

Rights

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Date Submitted

1988

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm536

Keywords

Conversion, Snow-Machalek Conversion Typology, Mormon converts

Language

English