By Charles E. Hurst, David L. McConnell
Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and such a lot diversified Amish neighborhood on the earth. 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 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social switch 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 exceptional and intricate means of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace motives them to reconsider their non secular convictions, relations practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and wellbeing and fitness care options.
The authors problem the preferred photograph 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 woman marketers reside round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and youths either embody and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa.
An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling similar to the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their targeted lifestyle.
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An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community by Charles E. Hurst, David L. McConnell