Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits / Edition 2

Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits / Edition 2

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Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits / Edition 2

Amish culture has been rooted in the soil since its beginnings in 1693. But what happens when members of America's oldest Amish community enter non-farm work in one generation? How will hundreds of cottage industries and micro-enterprises reshape the heart of Amish life? Will traditional eighth grade education still prove adequate? What about gender roles, child-rearing practices, leisure activities, and growing ties with outsiders? Amish Enterprise was the first book to discuss these dramatic changes that are transforming Amish communities across North America. Based on interviews with more than 150 Amish entrepreneurs, the authors trace the rise and impact of businesses in Lancaster's Amish settlement in recent decades. In this new edition, the authors update demographic and technological changes, and also describe Amish enterprises outside of Pennsylvania in a new chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801878053
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: Center Books in Anabaptist Studies
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 425,065
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1The Cultural Context
1.The Roots of Amish Life3
Part 2Cultural Resources for Entrepreneurship
2.From Plows to Profits19
3.A Profile of Amish Enterprises36
4.Homespun Entrepreneurs56
5.Labor and Human Resources73
Part 3Cultural Constraints on Entrepreneurship
6.The Moral Boundaries of Business93
7.Taming the Power of Technology106
8.Small-Scale Limitations125
Part 4The Public Face of Amish Enterprise
9.Promotion and Professional Networks143
10.Coping with Litigation and Liability159
11.Negotiating with Caesar173
12.Failure and Success190
Part 5The Transformation of Amish Society
13.The Fate of a Traditional People207
14.National Patterns of Amish Work224
AppendixesResearch Methods and Data Sources245

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