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E Pluribus Unum

Ruth Bernard Yeazell, 11 December 1997

Polygamous Families in Contemporary Society 
by Irwin Altman and Joseph Ginat.
Cambridge, 512 pp., £55, December 1996, 0 521 56169 8
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... here remarks, ‘plural family life is a mighty hard day-to-day struggle.’ What Irwin Altman and Joseph Ginat set out to write was not a cautionary tale, but a dispassionate study of ‘a different lifestyle’ that would draw on their combined skills as social psychologist and anthropologist respectively. In other words, they are not pushing monogamy ...

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