An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community

An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community

by Charles E. Hurst, David L. McConnell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801893992

ISBN-13: 9780801893995

Pub. Date: 03/05/2010

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Holmes County, Ohio, is home to the largest and most diverse Amish community in the world. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell conducted seven years of fieldwork to understand the dynamism that drives social change and schism within the settlement. The authors contend that the Holmes Country Amish are experiencing an unprecedented and complex process of change

Overview

Holmes County, Ohio, is home to the largest and most diverse Amish community in the world. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell conducted seven years of fieldwork to understand the dynamism that drives social change and schism within the settlement. The authors contend that the Holmes Country Amish are experiencing an unprecedented and complex process of change as their increasing entanglement with the non-Amish market causes them to rethink their religious convictions, family practices, educational choices, occupational shifts, and health care options.

An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling the image of the Amish, dispelling the image of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone era and showing how they reinterpret tradition as modernity encroaches on their distinct way of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801893995
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/05/2010
Series:
Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
Edition description:
20
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,222,973
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Maps, and Tables vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Discovering the Holmes County Amish 1

Chapter 2 The Origins of Religious Diversity 34

Chapter 3 Coping with Church Schism 58

Chapter 4 Continuity and Change in Family Life 96

Chapter 5 The Changing Landscape of Learning 141

Chapter 6 Work Within and Outside Tradition 174

Chapter 7 Health along the Life Cycle 220

Chapter 8 Stepping Back and Looking Forward 259

Appendixes

A Methodology 291

B Ohio Amish Settlements, 2008 299

C Holmes County Settlement Amish Church Schisms, 1900-2001 301

Notes 303

Bibliography 335

Index 347

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