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 such a lot diversified Amish group on the planet. but, strangely, it is still really unknown in comparison to its recognized 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 swap and schism in the payment, the place Amish companies and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an exceptional and intricate strategy of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace motives them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, relations practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and overall healthiness care concepts.

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 lady marketers dwell 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 clone of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their specified manner of life.

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The connection between freedom and security is equally complex. , freedom “to”), while others privilege a Rooseveltian view of freedom, freedom “from” insecurity, want, and fear. Taken together, these terrains of tension suggest that viewing the modern and the traditional as singular opposing forces is far too simplistic to capture the dynamics of change in Amish communities. 42 We must ask how and why each affiliation and each church district has made different choices in defining separation from the world.

The reality of church schism stands in sharp contrast to the outside perception of the Amish as a unified people and has raised serious questions about the meaning and limits of community even within Amish circles. As we survey this landscape of fracture in the Holmes County Settlement, several questions emerge. What factors lie at the root of these splits? Disagreements over theology? Acceptable use of new technologies? Personality conflicts among religious leaders? What are the breaking-off a the origins of religious diversity a points and the corresponding talismans of identity that are seen as nonnegotiable by different groups?

15 For the first eighty years after the Sam Yoder incident, the Swartzentrubers in Wayne and Holmes Counties were unified, with one exception. 16 The Troyer split created a ripple effect, however. 18 Because the Tobe groups grew out of idiosyncratic conflicts that did not revolve around central doctrinal issues, neither has drawn more than a handful of supporters. The Stutzman-Troyer group has a larger following, though the large majority of its church districts are outside the Holmes County Settlement.

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