An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's by Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell PDF

By Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and such a lot various Amish group on this planet. but, unusually, it continues to be rather unknown in comparison to its recognized cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell performed seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the cost, the place Amish companies and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an exceptional and complicated means of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace factors them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, family members practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and overall healthiness care suggestions.

The authors problem the preferred picture of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, displaying how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and group values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; winning girl marketers reside round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and youths either include and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa.

An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling a twin of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their targeted approach of life.

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