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By Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and such a lot various Amish group on the planet. but, unusually, it continues to be rather 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 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 remarkable and complicated means of swap as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry reasons them to reconsider their non secular convictions, family members practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and future health care techniques.

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; winning woman marketers reside 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 a dead ringer for the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their designated manner of life.

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