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By Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell

ISBN-10: 0801893984

ISBN-13: 9780801893988

ISBN-10: 0801893992

ISBN-13: 9780801893995

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and such a lot varied Amish group on this planet. but, unusually, it continues to be fairly 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 firms and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an extraordinary and intricate means of swap as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry reasons them to reconsider their non secular convictions, relatives practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and healthiness care thoughts.

The authors problem the preferred picture of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, exhibiting how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and group values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; profitable lady 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 clone of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their particular manner of life.

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