Amish Society / Edition 4

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Highly acclaimed in previous editions, this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History
In a class by itself.
Philadelphia Inquirer
The definitive book on one of America's most misunderstood communities.
Christianity Today
The best single book available on the Amish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801844423
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 699,771
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Hostetler (1918–2001) is author of the best-selling Amish Society and the widely acclaimed Hutterite Society, both available from Johns Hopkins. Raised in the Amish faith, he was founding director of the Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and a former professor of anthropology and sociology at Temple University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Foundations
1 Models for Understanding Amish Society 3
2 The Birth of Amish Society 25
3 To America 50
Pt. II Stability and Fulfillment
4 The Amish Charter 73
5 The Community 91
6 Agriculture and Subsistence 114
7 The Amish Family 145
8 Child Nurture and Training 171
9 The Life Ceremonies 191
10 Ritual Integration of the Community 209
11 The Symbolism of Community and Custom 234
Pt. III Patterns of Change
12 Government and the Amish 255
13 Change and Fragmentation 277
14 Deviation and Vulnerability 300
15 Health and Healing 322
16 Backstage Amish Life 343
17 Responses to Change 361
Pt. IV Survival
18 The Discourse with Survival 387
Selected References 403
Photo Credits 426
Index 427
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