The Riddle of Amish Culture

The Riddle of Amish Culture

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Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America's most distinctive religious communities. But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture. For this revised edition, Donald B. Kraybill has taken these recent changes into account, incorporating new demographic research and new interviews he has conducted among the Amish. In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of "social capital" to his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • revised edition
  • 13 Line drawings, black and white; 61 Halftones, black and white
  • 080186772X
  • 9780801867729
  • 457,005

Review quote

This book is a perfect tool for introducing undergraduates to sociological analysis. Kraybill skillfully depicts an intriguing world that promotes collectivism against the dominant individualism. We come to understand how Amish life makes sense to those who adhere to it. -- Michele Lamont * Christian Century *
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About Donald B. Kraybill

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.
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Table of contents

Contents:1 The Amish Story2 The Quiltwork of Amish Culture3 Symbols of Integration and Separation4 The Social Architecture of Amish Society5 Rites of Redemption and Purification6 Auctions, Frolics, and Gangs7 Passing on the Faith8 The Riddles of Technology9 Harnessing the Power of Progress10 The Transformation of Amish Work11 Managing Public Relations12 Regulation Social Change13 Exploring Our Common Riddles
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208 ratings
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