This paper examines the identity work of women undergoing high-cost religious disaffiliation by examining the exit experiences of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (LDS, Mormon). Previous research into religious change has not fully engaged with the extensive identity work that exiters do as they leave these groups.I propose a stage model of religious exit identity development to expand upon the process of identity transformation during and after high-cost religious exit. Additionally, I examine h ow the gender regimes of high-cost-religions result in different pathways out and experiences during disaffiliation for women and men. Though constructed to describe high-cost religious exits, this model may also be helpful in understanding other “high-cost” exits.
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