The Riddle of Amish Culture

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JHU Press, Sep 27, 2001 - Religion - 424 pages
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Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America's most distinctive religious communities. But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture. For this revised edition, Donald B. Kraybill has taken these recent changes into account, incorporating new demographic research and new interviews he has conducted among the Amish. In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of "social capital" to his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.


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This is an exhaustive relation of the theory behind being Amish. I truly believe I understand their ways now, though I don't agree with some of them, such as not talking about issues with your children and expecting them to sow wild oats...that's just trouble waiting to happen... Read full review

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The book is very infomational about this culture. It did take a while to get here but it was worth the wait. Read full review


The Amish Story
The Quiltwork of Amish Culture
Symbols of Integration and Separation
The Social Architecture of Amish Society
Rites of Redemption and Purification
Auctions Frolics and Gangs
Passing on the Faith
The Riddles of Technology
Regulating Social Change
Exploring Our Common Riddles
Research Procedures
Old Order Amish Lancaster County Settlement Population Estimates 18802010
Estimated Amish Population Old Order and New Order by State and Province in North America
Settlements Originating from the Lancaster County Settlement 19402000
Scripture Texts for Amish Church Services in the Lancaster Settlement

Harnessing the Power of Progress
The Transformation of Amish Work
Managing Public Relations

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About the author (2001)

Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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