An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's by Charles E. Hurst

By Charles E. Hurst

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and so much assorted Amish group on the earth. but, unusually, it is still rather unknown in comparison to its recognized cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell performed seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the cost, the place Amish organisations and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an unparalleled and complicated means of swap as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry reasons them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, relatives practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and healthiness care innovations.

The authors problem the preferred snapshot of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, displaying how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and neighborhood values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; profitable woman marketers stay round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and youths either embody and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa.

An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling a twin of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their designated manner of life.

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In contrast, English is used for most reading and writing. English is also the medium of instruction in schools and is used in business transactions and often, out of politeness, in situations involving interactions with non-Amish. 24 The distinctive use of three different languages serves as a powerful conveyor of Amish identity. The basic organizational units of Amish society foster oral communication and face-to-face interaction. Perhaps the most social encompassing institution apart from the extended family is the church district.

Frazeysburg 17. Fredericktown–Bellville 18. Gallipolis 19. Geauga 20. Glenford-Somerset 21. Glenmont-Brinkhaven 22. Hicksville 23. Hillsboro-Leesburg 24. Howard–East Knox 25. Kenton–Mt. Victory 26. Kilgore 27. Kinsman 28. Lakeville–Big Prairie 29. Laurelville 30. Lewisville 31. Lodi-Homerville 32. Londonderry 33. Loudenville-McKay 34. Martinsburg-Utica 35. McArthur 36. Middlebourne 37. Oak Hill 38. Peebles 39. Peoli–Port Washington 40. Piedmont 41. Pierpont-Conneaut 42. Plain City 43. Pomeroy 44.

Lems. By 1919 Yoder had a following of 107 families in two districts. That same year, a man in the Geauga Settlement confessed that he had had sexual relations with Yoder’s daughter. Pressed to discipline her, Yoder stood by his daughter. 9 A three-day ministers’ meeting, attended by more than four dozen ordained leaders from four states, was then held in Holmes County in November 1919 to resolve the conflict. ”10 On the second day of the meeting, a group of five bishops was sent to mediate with Yoder, but he would not meet with them.

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