Amish Society

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JHU Press, Apr 1, 1993 - History - 435 pages
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Highly acclaimed in previous editions - with more than 8,000 copies in print - this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America. In this fourth edition of Amish Society Hostetler takes the reader inside Amish culture and explains the nature of Amish religious beliefs and ceremonies, community and family life, tensions with worldly values, and interactions with outsiders. He offers updated information on a variety of topics, including Amish population trends, land use and farming practices, and relations with the state. Amish communities - found primarily in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana - continue to attract millions of tourists each year. Yet most visitors, misled by stereotypes and commercial attractions, do not have the opportunity to understand the Amish as they really are. Indeed, the simple dress and traditional habits of the Amish tend to mask the complexity of their way of life. John Hostetler's portrait of the Amish people effectively captures the depth and diversity of their enduring culture.
  

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User Review  - Jill Crosby - Goodreads

The definitive text on the Amish religion & culture. It's slightly dated, but meticulously documented. Read full review

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User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Amish communities are growing in number and acceptance today. These societies become more and more interesting as the world becomes more and more complex. This is a good book for an overview on Amish beginnings, beliefs, and lifestyle. Read full review

Contents

Models for Understanding Amish Society
3
The Birth of Amtsh Society
25
To America
50
STABILITY AND FULFILLMENT
74
The Community
91
Agriculture and Subsistence
118
The Amish Family
145
Child Nurture and Training
171
Government and the Amish
255
Change and Fragmentation
277
Deviation and Vulnerability
300
Health and Healing
322
Backstage Amish Life
343
Responses to Change
361
SURVIVAL
387
The Discourse with Survival
393

The Life Ceremonies
191
Ritual Integration of the Community
209
ir The Symbolism of Community and Custom
234
Language and Speech 241 Names 244 Unpretentious
249
SELECTED REFERENCES
403
PHOTO CREDITS
426
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About the author (1993)

John A. Hostetler (1918–2001) is author of the best-selling Amish Society and the widely acclaimed Hutterite Society, both available from Johns Hopkins. Raised in the Amish faith, he was founding director of the Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and a former professor of anthropology and sociology at Temple University.