Brought to Light

Contemporary Freemasonry, Meaning, and Society

Author/Illustrator/Editor: J. Scott Kenney

A sociological lens on the freemasons; the author asked contemporary freemasons, "What does it mean to you today?"

Secret societies are becoming increasingly controversial—thrust into public awareness by popular books, films, the Internet, and a host of recent documentaries. Yet the media depictions tend to be caricatures, playing to pervasive stereotypes for public consumption. To the extent a sociological focus exists, it largely emphasizes the roles these groups played in social history. And for the societies’ members themselves, there has been a paucity of work on the contemporary meaning of these groups—a neglect made mystifying by the vast social changes that have taken place over the past century. In this study, and for the first time by any scholar, Kenney moves beyond history and applies the methods and theoretical tools of contemporary sociology to study the lived world of freemasons in today’s society.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
20169781771121941SOC038000World rights excluding North America
EnglishPaperback / softback6 x 9C$38.99320