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The Riddle of Amish Culture

The Riddle of Amish Culture

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The Riddle of Amish Culture has become a classic work on one of America's most distinctive religious communities. But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture. For this revised

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The Riddle of Amish Culture has become a classic work on one of America's most distinctive religious communities. But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture. For this revised edition. Donald B. Kraybill has taken these recent changes into account, incorporating new demographic research and interviews and adding a chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings.

Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
Explains clearly [the Amish people's] ingenious bargains with secular modernity.
Whole Earth Review
The riddle of Amish culture in America is: how does it continue to dramatically prosper while unilaterally resisting the very core of mainstream American prosperity—technology? The surprising answer—adaptation and compromise—is given in loving detail in this great book.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Kraybill relies on his own and others' research, as well as on personal interviews with Amish men and women. The resulting book is a hybrid—written in a non-academic style that is appealing to the general reader who wishes to learn more about these unusual Americans, but also exploring the Amish in scholarly depth.
Christian Century
A sophisticated portrayal of the apparently simple but actually very complex Amish . . . A well-illustrated guide, this work gives loving but unsentimental attention to the precarious culture under examination.
Booknews
To find clues to why this Old Order people flourishes in the modern era, Kraybill (sociology and Anabaptist studies, Messiah College, PA) studied an Amish settlement in Lancaster County, PA. Based on interviews, ethnographic observations, and demographic profiles, he discusses their Anabaptist legacy, rural lifestyle, opposition to the 1984 film , and changes in the community since the 1989 edition. Includes photographs<-->despite the prohibition against such<-->showing some compromises with modern life; demographics; Scripture texts used; and research methodology notes. Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Santa Fe, NM, and Harrisonburg, VA. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Christian Century - Michèle Lamont

This book is a perfect tool for introducing undergraduates to sociological analysis. Kraybill skillfully depicts an intriguing world that promotes collectivism against the dominant individualism. We come to understand how Amish life makes sense to those who adhere to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801836817
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1989
Series:
Center Books in Anabaptist Studies
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.05(d)

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Karen Johnson-Weiner

Kraybill's study of the Lancaster Amish community is an excellent introduction to the Old Order world for both students and general readers. He enables us to see the Amish not as leftovers from the past, but as 21st century people whose confrontation with modernity is guided by the same devotion to religious principles that marked their ancestors as radicals. This book helps us solve the riddles of Old Order society.

Stephen C. Ainlay

I cannot think of a better way to introduce students to the richness of Amish life. The Riddle of Amish Culture takes the reader into the intricacies of Amish life and culture. Kraybill frames his rich narrative description with sophisticated analysis. While thoroughly accessible, Kraybill's book never insults the reader's intelligence. His treatment of Amish life resists stereotypes. In fact, he routinely explodes them.

Richard Rouillard

The well documented book is an excellent field trip. It includes informative chapters, excellent notes, thorough bibliography all presented with clarity and correctness.

Ed Daniels

The Riddle of Amish Culture is essential reading for anyone who wants to unlock the 'mystery' of a fascinating people whose simple, community oriented ways have much to teach us. Professor Kraybill's extremely informative book is a valuable resource, every semester in my classes for teachers.

D. R. Elder

Students of human nature and those baffled by the seeming inconsistencies of Amish culture will find compelling explanation in Donald Kraybill's The Riddle of Amish Culture. In the new research on youth groups, Kraybill explains how a time of testing the limits and tasting the fruits of worldliness in adolescence has a 'redeeming function.'.

Marc Olshan

Kraybill's masterful analysis of Amish life provides the perfect springboard for students to explore the meaning of modernity and to question the assumptions of their own culture.

Paul Boyer

Beyond the tour buses and stereotypes lies the complex reality of Amish life. In this welcome update of a classic study, Donald B. Kraybill explores with deep insight and solid research the fascinating ways this fast-growing traditional community negotiates its evolving relationship with a modern world of business, tourism, shopping malls, and roller blades. No dry academic book, this beautifully written work exudes the juices of lived experience and conveys its author's profound respect for, and understanding of, Amish life.

Thomas J. Meyers

Carefully crafted, richly nuanced and accessible to both the informed reader and the novice, Donald Kraybill has once again produced a remarkably clear and meticulous study of one of North America's most intriguing religious minorities. The Riddle of Amish Culture opens a window into the complex reality of Amish society that crisscrosses the postmodern, modern, and traditional worlds.

Peter Ester

Donald Kraybill has written a brilliant exposition of Amish life. A sociological tour de force and must-read for those who wish to understand Amish culture.

Meet the Author

Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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