Hutterite Society

Overview

Written to mark the centennial of the Hutterites' arrival in North America, John Hostetler's acclaimed study traces their history from the founding of their society over four centuries ago to the early 1970s, and analyzes their social and cultural organization, the difficulties of communal living. and their strategies for survival.

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Overview

Written to mark the centennial of the Hutterites' arrival in North America, John Hostetler's acclaimed study traces their history from the founding of their society over four centuries ago to the early 1970s, and analyzes their social and cultural organization, the difficulties of communal living. and their strategies for survival.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Mennonite Life
A must reading for anyone doing serious study of the Hutterites... An excellent history of the Hutterites... [which] will serve for many years to come as a good benchmark for an analysis of change in the way of life of this extraordinary group.
New York Times Book Review
A fine study of the oldest Western communal society, originally Moravian, who live now on the American and Canadian plains.
Time
An impressive picture of a people who share the general Anabaptist rejection of worldly thrills and pleasures, but who have a special distinction of their own—a strict devotion to communal living that has endured with little change for more than four centuries.
Sociology
Hutterite Society, an even more impressive work than Hostetler's earlier Amish Society, is surely destined to become a minor classic widely read and acclaimed by scholars and the general public.
American Historical Review
Essential to any study of Hutterites.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801856396
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.13 (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.

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"Of hundreds of recorded attempts to establish communal societies in North America, the Hutterites are the only group that has managed not only to survive but to expand and prosper. Yet the members work without the incentive of private gain, and privileged positions are few. There are no extremely poor or wealthy persons among them, and individuals never worry about food, shelter, clothing or dependency in old age. Identity problems and alienation are virtually nonexistent. In their history, which spans more than four centuries, there has never been a single homicide. There are no high walls around the colony and no police force."—from Hutterite Society

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition, 1997
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Historical Development
1 The Birth of Hutterite Society 5
2 The Golden Period in Moravia 29
3 The Decline and Fate of the Eastern European Communities 61
4 Life in Russia 91
5 Adaptation to the North American Environment 119
Pt. 2 Contemporary Social and Cultural Organization
6 World View and Language 139
7 Colony Organization 153
8 Subsistence and Economic Patterns 177
9 Schooling and Preparation for Life 201
10 Adult Life Patterns 234
Pt. 3 The Problems and Techniques of Survival
11 The Social Problems of Communal Living 255
12 The Strategy of Hutterite Survival 285
App. 1 Hutterite Historiography 305
App. 2 Chronology of Hutterite Theory 311
App. 3 Hutterite Place Names in Eastern Europe by Language and Country 317
App. 4 The Hutterite School Discipline of 1568 321
App. 5 Table Rules 329
App. 6 Rites of Passage from Childhood to Adulthood 333
App. 7 Baptismal Vow 337
App. 8 Engagement and Marriage Vows 339
App. 9 Ordination Vow 343
App. 10 Agreement between a Divisional School Board and a Colony, Alberta 345
App. 11 Holidays 347
App. 12 The Liturgical Calendar 349
App. 13 Colony Menu for One Week 353
App. 14 Last Words of Michael Waldner, 1823-89 355
App. 15 List of Hutterite Colonies in North America 359
App. 16 Branching of Hutterite Colonies Dariusleut, Lehrerleut, and Schmiedeleut in North America, 1874-1974 367
Selected Bibliography 373
Index 393
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