The Amish

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JHU Press, Apr 23, 2013 - History - 500 pages
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The Amish have always struggled with the modern world. Known for their simple clothing, plain lifestyle, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish communities continually face outside pressures to modify their cultural patterns, social organization, and religious world view. An intimate portrait of Amish life, The Amish explores not only the emerging diversity and evolving identities within this distinctive American ethnic community, but also its transformation and geographic expansion.

Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt spent twenty-five years researching Amish history, religion, and culture. Drawing on archival material, direct observations, and oral history, the authors provide an authoritative and sensitive understanding of Amish society.

Amish people do not evangelize, yet their numbers in North America have grown from a small community of some 6,000 people in the early 1900s to a thriving population of more than 275,000 today. The largest populations are found in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, with additional communities in twenty-seven other states and Ontario.

The authors argue that the intensely private and insular Amish have devised creative ways to negotiate with modernity that have enabled them to thrive in America. The transformation of the Amish in the American imagination from "backward bumpkins" to media icons poses provocative questions. What does the Amish story reveal about the American character, popular culture, and mainstream values? Richly illustrated, The Amish is the definitive portrayal of the Amish in America in the twenty-first century.

  

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User Review  - Diane Dubay - Goodreads

Don't judge a book by its movie. I read this book after watching a PBS documentary of the same name. Very informative, very interesting, just one "dry" spot == when explaining that some Amish use "air ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gwen Bumpers - Goodreads

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Contents

II CULTURAL CONTEXT
57
III SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
135
IV EXTERNAL TIES
273
V THE FUTURE
401
Related Groups Mennonites Brethren Hutterites
421
Key Events in Amish History
423
Notes
425
Bibliography
461
Index
487
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About the author (2013)

Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Karen M. Johnson-Weiner is a professor of linguistic anthropology at SUNY-Potsdam. Steven M. Nolt is a professor of history at Goshen College.