The Amish Struggle with Modernity

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Donald B. Kraybill, Marc Alan Olshan
UPNE, 1994 - Religion - 304 pages
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Throughout their history, the Amish communities of North America have tried to remain separate from the currents of progress that swirl in the larger society. The authors and others argue that although the nationís nearly 140,000 Amish continue to resist the influence of worldly institutions, the communities have nonetheless acquiesced to modernity in significant ways. Such change has not been easy and The Amish Struggle with Modernity examines on a national scale dilemmas that arise when a people devoted to plain living face the complexities of modern life.
  

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A fascinating read on the psychology of religion and cultural adaptation. This book shows Amish as they are, not idealized, strengths and weaknesses. Importantly, the Amish are not homogeneous but ... Read full review

Contents

The Struggle to Be Separate
1
PART I
7
The Amish Encounter with Modernity
21
Coping with Social Change
35
Plotting Social Change Across Four Affiliations
53
Persistence and Change in Amish Education
77
The Telephone Debates
97
Amish Cottage Industries as Trojan Horse
133
Modernity the Folk Society and the Old Order Amish
185
A Case Study in Organizational
199
Amish Women and the Feminist Conundrum
215
What Good Are the Amish?
231
Amish Migration Patterns 19721992
243
NOTES
262
The Origin and Growth of Amish Tourism 113
270
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279

The Rise of Microenterprises
149
1O Lunch Pails and Factories
165
CONTRIBUTORS
299
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DONALD B. KRAYBILL is Professor of Sociology at Elizabethtown College, Director of the Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups, and author of The Amish and the State (1993), Old Order Amish (1993), and The Riddle of Amish Culture (1989).

MARC A. OLSON is Professor of Sociology at Alfred University and author of numerous articles on the Old Order Amish.

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