Knowlton, David Clark
Professor - Anthropology
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

David Knowlton is a sociocultural anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of Latin America (with a focus on the Andes), the anthropology of Mormonism, and social theory.  His current interests include the social organization of the transnational space of religion, the socioeconomic correlates of religious membership in Latin America, the phenomenology of Mormon life, and the relationship between neoliberalism and social movements in Bolivia.   

Recent Publications

Disregarding International Law, Salt Lake Tribune, July 27, 2013

Mormonism in Latin America, in Richard Sherlock, ed., The Mormon World, Routledge, 2012

Ashaninka, in Steve Danver, ed. Native Peoples of the World: Groups, Issues, and Controversies. M.E. Sharpe, 2012

Aymara, in Steve Danver, ed. Native Peoples of the World: Groups, Issues, and Controversies. M.E. Sharpe, 2012

Tim Heaton, David Knowlton, Lynn England, Religious Diversity in Mexico: Socioeconomic Attainment and Family Structure” in Review of Religious Research, 54:311–330, 2012.

“Crítica de ‘glocalización’, el caso del mormonismo en México” (Critique of ‘glocalization’: The case of Mormonism), Moroni Hernandez de Olarte and Xixian Hernandez de Olarte, Alamaquio Hernandez Meneses eds. Narrando historias al pie de los volcanes. Primer Ciclo Internacional de Conferencias en la Region de los Volcanes, Estado de Mexico. Mexico, Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educacion, 2011.

Boliva, Bad Information, and the State Department.  Salt Lake Tribune.  December 4, 2010.

“Bolivia”, in the Encyclopedia of Global Religion, Wade Clark Roof, Mark Juergensmeyer eds., 2011.

“Parley Pratt and the Problem of Separating Latin and Anglo America” to appear in The Journal of Mormon History as part of the “Roundtable Discussion: Perspectives on Parley Pratt’s Autobiography,” 37:1:194-200, Winter 2011.

“Will You Accept My Love? Ethics, Aymara Culture, and Global Society”,Jill O. Jasperson and Jeffrey S. Nielsen, eds., The Ethics and Public Policy Implications of Free Market Economics (Center for the Study of Ethics, 2010, p 18-39.

“Mormonism as World Religion” in Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia, Paul W. Reeve and Ardis Parshall, eds., ABC CLIO, 2010.

“Kansas”, Mark Overmeyer-Velasquez, Latino America: State by State, Greenwood Press, 2008

Tim Heaton, Renate Forste, and David Knowlton. “Tendencias en desigualdades estructurales de la salud infantil en Bolivia” (“Trends in Structural Inequalities in Child Health Care in Bolivia”). K. Cordova, ed. Salud Comunitaria en Bolivia—desafios hacia la equidad. Commnity Health in Bolivia: The Challenge of Reaching Equity). Cochabamba Bolivia,: Kipus, 2:72-124, 2008

“Go Ye to All the World: The LDS Church and the Organization of International Society”. Tim Heaton, Cardell Jacobsen, and John Hofman, eds. Revisiting the Mormons: Persistent Themes and Contemporary Perspectives Salt Lake City, Utah University of Utah Press, pp. 389-412, 2008.

“Hands Raised Up: Power, and Context in Bolivian Mormonism” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Winter 2007, pp. 47-71.

“Once Upon July” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 40:2: Summer 2007.

“Sangre de Minero: Poder, contexto y acusaciones de corrupción en el Mormonismo Boliviano” (Miners’ Blood: Power, Context, and Accusations of Corruption in Bolivian Mormonism) Alteridades 16: 32: 69-80, 2007.

“Mormonism and Guerrillas in Bolivia” Journal of Mormon History, 32:3:180-208, 2007.

“Religious Prejudice and the Formation of Mormon and Non-Mormon Selves in Utah: A View from a Phenomenological Anthropology” in Henri Parens, Afaf Mahfouz, Stuart Twemlow, and David Scharff, eds., The Future of Prejudice: Applications of Psychoanalytic Understanding toward its Prevention. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.

“Vivir en el espíritu: vidas interiores mormonas, género, sexualidad, y tensión religiosa.” (Living by the Spirit: Mormon Inner Lives, Gender, Sexuality, and Religious Tension). Mandrágora, Journal of the Brazilian Research Group on Gender and Religion, São Paulo, Brazil, XII: 12:68-77, 2006.

“Religious Organzation in a Globalized World”, in David R. Keller, ed. Spheres of Globalization, Orem, Utah: Center for the Study of Ethics, 2006, pp. 67-80.

“Queremos hablar: el bloqueo de junio de 2004 en Copacabana como ejemplo de la sociología de movilizaciones masivas.” (We want to speak: The blockade of June 2004 in Copacabana as an Example of the Sociology of Mass Mobilizations) in Nicholas A. Robbins, ed. Conflictos Políticos y moviminetos sociales en Bolivia (Political Conflicts and Social Movements in Bolivia), La Paz, Bolivia: Editorial Plural, 2006, pp 19-32.

“Indigenous Law, National Law, and Multilateral Institutions: The Problem of the Assassination of Mayors in Bolivia” in David R. Keller, ed. Law, Justice, and Civic Virtue, Orem, Utah: Center for the Study of Ethics, 2005, pp. 91-102.

“How Many Members Are There Really? Two Censuses and the Meaning of LDS Membership in Chile and Mexico.” Dialogue a Journal of Mormon Thought, 38: 2: 53-78, 2005.

Places where Knowlton has been known to blog

Cuzco Eats

Clouds, Stroms, and Power

Barely Avoiding Entropy

Restless Wanderer

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