The Riddle of Amish Culture / Edition 2

The Riddle of Amish Culture / Edition 2

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by Donald B. Kraybill
     
 

ISBN-10: 080186772X

ISBN-13: 9780801867729

Pub. Date: 09/27/2001

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as 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 a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business

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Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as 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 a 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 new interviews he has conducted among the Amish. In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of "social capital" to his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801867729
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2001
Series:
Center Books in Anabaptist Studies
Edition description:
revised edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
247,056
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:



1 The Amish Story

2 The Quiltwork of Amish Culture

3 Symbols of Integration and Separation

4 The Social Architecture of Amish Society

5 Rites of Redemption and Purification

6 Auctions, Frolics, and Gangs

7 Passing on the Faith

8 The Riddles of Technology

9 Harnessing the Power of Progress

10 The Transformation of Amish Work

11 Managing Public Relations

12 Regulation Social Change

13 Exploring Our Common Riddles

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The Riddle of Amish Culture 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MJApollonius More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent survey of the perplexing Amish, with information gained from field work, interviews, and source materials. Kraybill went to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the largest concentration of Amish in the U.S. (and so in the world), to prepare a scholarly but readable study. He gives a fairly brief history of the movement, placing it in the context of the Radical Reformation, and then goes on to its successful transplanting to the United States, where it grew from 5000 people in 1900 to more than 180,000 at present. He is thorough in documenting various phases of Amish life, including clothing styles and religious and social structure. He tries to answer hard questions like why the Amish are not allowed to drive automobiles but can still ride in a car driven by someone else. I think there is sometimes a vague idea about the Amish that they are just hopelessly locked into some distant time period and refuse to "catch up" with modern society. Instead, the reader finds out that the Amish are constantly making compromises with the outside world, but with the goal of keeping the community together, for the good of each member's salvation. I have also recommended the classic Harrison Ford movie "Witness." It's probably Ford's greatest role, the barn-raising scene is beautiful, and you can watch the movie and then read the book and find out what the Amish are REALLY about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago