Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits

Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits

Paperback Center Books in Anabaptist Studies (Paperback)

By (author) Donald B. Kraybill, By (author) Steven M. Nolt

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  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 235mm x 18mm | 404g
  • Publication date: 19 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801878055
  • ISBN 13: 9780801878053
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 47 black & white illustrations

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Amish culture has been rooted in the soil since its beginnings in 1693. But what happens when members of America's oldest Amish community enter non-farm work in one generation? How will hundreds of cottage industries and micro-enterprises reshape the heart of Amish life? Will traditional eighth grade education still prove adequate? What about gender roles, child-rearing practices, leisure activities, and growing ties with outsiders? Amish Enterprise was the first book to discuss these dramatic changes that are transforming Amish communities across North America. Based on interviews with more than 150 Amish entrepreneurs, the authors trace the rise and impact of businesses in Lancaster's Amish settlement in recent decades. In this new edition, the authors update demographic and technological changes, and also describe Amish enterprises outside of Pennsylvania in a new chapter.

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Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both available from Johns Hopkins. Steven M. Nolt is an associate professor of history at Goshen College, Indiana. He is the author of numerous articles and several books on Anabaptist and Pennsylvania German groups.

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Useful in courses in religion and culture; an excellent supplementary text for courses in sociology... Amish and other minority groups... may be inspired and instructed by this heartening document. -- Gene Burd Utopian Studies 2005 Important for anyone interested in the interplay between a small, separate religious group and the dominant culture. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 2005