An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's by Charles E. Hurst

By Charles E. Hurst

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the biggest and so much assorted Amish group on the planet. but, strangely, it is still really unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell carried out seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over two hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the payment, the place Amish agencies and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an exceptional and intricate technique of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry factors them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, family members practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and wellbeing and fitness care strategies. The authors problem the preferred picture of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, displaying how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and neighborhood values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; winning lady marketers reside round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and youths either include and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa. An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling clone of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their detailed lifestyle. (2011)

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50 The majority of the more moderate ministers largely ignored their concerns, and the conservatives withdrew, formalizing the two paths that mid-nineteenth- 27 28 a an amish paradox a century Amish interaction with the wider world ultimately produced. The Amish-Mennonite majority took a variety of paths toward the American mainstream, whereas the minority Old Order Amish clung to a more conservative understanding of the Ordnung. The Amish divided several more times in the first half of the twentieth century over such issues as farm technologies, telephones, and cars.

In most settlements, nearly 90 percent of Amish young people join the church. 11 Paradoxically, then, the entrance of the Amish into market-oriented enterprises, which often brings them in closer daily contact with the English world, seems to have made the Amish faith and lifestyle even more attractive to its young people. By almost any measure, the Amish today are thriving as never before. The compromises made in the shift to nonfarming occupations have clearly transformed the style and substance of Amish life, but scholars and lay observers alike disagree on the scope and magnitude of these changes.

The Amish-Mennonite majority took a variety of paths toward the American mainstream, whereas the minority Old Order Amish clung to a more conservative understanding of the Ordnung. The Amish divided several more times in the first half of the twentieth century over such issues as farm technologies, telephones, and cars. The actions of the young people and relations with excommunicated individuals also entered into these heated debates. S government also occurred. For example, many Amish were harassed as “German sympathizers” during World War I for their refusal to join the army and buy war bonds.

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