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This book tells the story of the Amish of Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania, who have rather rapidly abandoned their plows for the pursuit of profit. It is, in short, the story of the transformation of Amish society in one particular settlement.
About 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. Steven M. Nolt is an associate professor of history at Goshen College, Indiana. He is the author of numerous articles and several books on Anabaptist and Pennsylvania German groups.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||The Cultural Context|
|1.||The Roots of Amish Life||3|
|Part 2||Cultural Resources for Entrepreneurship|
|2.||From Plows to Profits||19|
|3.||A Profile of Amish Enterprises||36|
|5.||Labor and Human Resources||73|
|Part 3||Cultural Constraints on Entrepreneurship|
|6.||The Moral Boundaries of Business||93|
|7.||Taming the Power of Technology||106|
|Part 4||The Public Face of Amish Enterprise|
|9.||Promotion and Professional Networks||143|
|10.||Coping with Litigation and Liability||159|
|11.||Negotiating with Caesar||173|
|12.||Failure and Success||190|
|Part 5||The Transformation of Amish Society|
|13.||The Fate of a Traditional People||207|
|14.||National Patterns of Amish Work||224|
|Appendixes||Research Methods and Data Sources||245|