The riddle of Amish culture

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001 - Religion - 397 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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A wonderful study of the Amish community found in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The book walks you through the community's historic and theological origins in the persecution and subsequent flight of ... Read full review

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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

Contents

The Quiltwork of Amish Culture
27
Symbols of Integration and Separation
54
The Social Architecture of Amish Society
80
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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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