An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies)

An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies)

Charles E. Hurst


Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the biggest and such a lot varied Amish group on the planet. but, strangely, it continues to be particularly unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell carried out seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over two hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the payment, the place Amish organizations and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an remarkable and complicated strategy of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry factors them to reconsider their non secular convictions, relatives practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and health and wellbeing care concepts.

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

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

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