The Amish Struggle With Modernity / Edition 1

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Overview

Throughout their history, the Amish communities of North America have tried to remain separate from the currents of progress that swirl in the larger society. The authors and others argue that although the nation’s nearly 140,000 Amish continue to resist the influence of worldly institutions, the communities have nonetheless acquiesced to modernity in significant ways. Such change has not been easy and The Amish Struggle with Modernity examines on a national scale dilemmas that arise when a people devoted to plain living face the complexities of modern life.
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“This is certainly the best academic introduction to contemporary Amish Culture yet published. But it is also more than that--modernity comes under as much scrutiny as do the Amish. Rejecting all nostalgic approaches...the editors argue for a hardheaded appraisal of the Amish’s ongoing ‘warfare’ against modernity--a warfare that is similar to the less intense resistances numerous other groups have also raised against the modern world.”—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874516845
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD B. KRAYBILL is Professor of Sociology at Elizabethtown College, Director of the Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups, and author of The Amish and the State (1993), Old Order Amish (1993), and The Riddle of Amish Culture (1989).

MARC A. OLSON is Professor of Sociology at Alfred University and author of numerous articles on the Old Order Amish.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
1 Introduction: The Struggle to Be Separate 1
2 The Amish Encounter with Modernity 21
3 War Against Progress: Coping with Social Change 35
4 Plotting Social Change Across Four Affiliations 53
5 Persistence and Change in Amish Education 77
6 Amish on the Line: The Telephone Debates 97
7 The Origin and Growth of Amish Tourism 113
8 Amish Cottage Industries as Trojan Horse 133
9 The Rise of Microenterprises 149
10 Lunch Pails and Factories 165
11 Modernity, the Folk Society, and the Old Order Amish 185
12 Homespun Bureaucracy: A Case Study in Organizational Evolution 199
13 Amish Women and the Feminist Conundrum 215
14 Conclusion: What Good Are the Amish? 231
Appendix: Amish Migration Patterns: 1972-1992 243
Notes 261
Bibliography 279
Contributors 299
Index 301
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