By J. Scott Kenney
mystery societies have gotten more and more controversial—thrust into public knowledge by means of well known books, motion pictures, the net, and a number of modern documentaries. In academia, this publicity unearths a parallel within the proliferation of study, institutes, and meetings. but the media depictions are typically caricatures, a enjoying to pervasive stereotypes for public intake, whereas the educational pressure ancient and philological concerns. certainly, to the level a sociological concentration exists, it mostly emphasizes the jobs those teams performed in social historical past. And for the societies’ individuals themselves, there was a paucity of labor at the modern that means of those groups—a overlook made mystifying through the colossal social alterations that experience taken position over the last century. during this learn, and for the 1st time through any pupil, Kenney strikes past historical past and applies the tools and theoretical instruments of up to date sociology to check the lived international of freemasons in today’s society.
to supply a transparent portrait of the patterned reviews of up to date freemasons and the problems confronted through “the Craft” at the present time, Kenney attracts on qualitative info from 3 basic resources: (1) huge interviews with 121 modern freemasons in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia; (2) video pictures shot for a function movie on modern freemasonry; and (3) his observations and reports in approximately fifteen years as a freemason. delivered to gentle presents a hugely unique contribution to sociology, Masonic scholarship, and the social sciences quite often.
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Brought to Light: Contemporary Freemasonry, Meaning, and Society by J. Scott Kenney