Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits / Edition 2

Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits / Edition 2

by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt
     
 

Amish culture has been rooted in the soil since its beginnings in 1693. But what happens when members of America's oldest Amish community enter non-farm work in one generation? How will hundreds of cottage industries and micro-enterprises reshape the heart of Amish life? Will traditional eighth grade education still prove adequate? What about gender roles,

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Overview

Amish culture has been rooted in the soil since its beginnings in 1693. But what happens when members of America's oldest Amish community enter non-farm work in one generation? How will hundreds of cottage industries and micro-enterprises reshape the heart of Amish life? Will traditional eighth grade education still prove adequate? What about gender roles, child-rearing practices, leisure activities, and growing ties with outsiders? Amish Enterprise was the first book to discuss these dramatic changes that are transforming Amish communities across North America. Based on interviews with more than 150 Amish entrepreneurs, the authors trace the rise and impact of businesses in Lancaster's Amish settlement in recent decades. In this new edition, the authors update demographic and technological changes, and also describe Amish enterprises outside of Pennsylvania in a new chapter.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878053
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Center Books in Anabaptist Studies Series
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,402,297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1The Cultural Context
1The Roots of Amish Life3
Pt. 2Cultural Resources for Entrepreneurship
2From Plows to Profits19
3A Profile of Amish Enterprises36
4Homespun Entrepreneurs56
5Labor and Human Resources73
Pt. 3Cultural Constraints on Entrepreneurship
6The Moral Boundaries of Business93
7Taming the Power of Technology106
8Small-Scale Limitations125
Pt. 4The Public Face of Amish Enterprise
9Promotion and Professional Networks143
10Coping with Litigation and Liability159
11Negotiating with Caesar173
12Failure and Success190
Pt. 5The Transformation of Amish Society
13The Fate of a Traditional People207
14National Patterns of Amish Work224
App.: Research Methods and Data Sources245
Notes249
References269
Index281

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