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By Charles E. Hurst

ISBN-10: 0801893984

ISBN-13: 9780801893988

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Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the biggest and so much varied Amish neighborhood on the earth. but, strangely, it is still rather unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell performed seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over two hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the cost, the place Amish organizations and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an remarkable and intricate means of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry factors them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, kinfolk practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and health and wellbeing care recommendations. The authors problem the preferred photo of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, displaying how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and group values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; profitable girl marketers reside round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and teens either embody and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa. An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling a twin of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their distinctive lifestyle. (2011)

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As such, it offers a rich laboratory for exploring how external pressures and internal tensions have given rise to diverse patterns of accommodation. The Amish Commonality We acknowledge, along with our emphasis on diversity and change, the considerable stock of shared heritage and common outlook that characterizes all Amish in this settlement and elsewhere. Although the Amish are most accurately described as a sectarian group, with membership open to all who are willing to submit themselves to adult baptism and the rules of the church, they share many features of ethnic groups, including a common history, language, symbols, rituals, and beliefs.

At first the minister said he did not know who the perpetrators were, but in the ensuing weeks, and after a passing milk-truck driver said he had seen the boys, the minister accused one of them. This boy was about to join church, and the accusation effectively held up his baptism. In the meantime, a church member stepped forward and confessed that he was actually one of the five responsible (the other four had not yet joined the church) and that the accused boy was innocent. Believing that the church 41 42 a an amish paradox a member was covering for the other boy, the minister refused to accept his confession.

As such, it offers a rich laboratory for exploring how external pressures and internal tensions have given rise to diverse patterns of accommodation. The Amish Commonality We acknowledge, along with our emphasis on diversity and change, the considerable stock of shared heritage and common outlook that characterizes all Amish in this settlement and elsewhere. Although the Amish are most accurately described as a sectarian group, with membership open to all who are willing to submit themselves to adult baptism and the rules of the church, they share many features of ethnic groups, including a common history, language, symbols, rituals, and beliefs.

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