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

By Charles E. Hurst, David L. McConnell

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and so much diversified Amish neighborhood on the planet. but, unusually, it continues to be fairly unknown in comparison to its recognized 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 switch and schism in the payment, the place Amish organizations and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an unheard of and intricate strategy of swap as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace explanations them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, relatives practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and wellbeing and fitness care options.

The authors problem the preferred snapshot of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, exhibiting how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and neighborhood values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; winning girl marketers stay round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and teens either include and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa.

An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling identical to the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their certain lifestyle.

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