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By Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and so much varied Amish neighborhood on the planet. but, strangely, it is still really unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell performed seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the cost, the place Amish corporations and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an unparalleled and intricate technique of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace reasons them to reconsider their non secular convictions, relations practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and wellbeing and fitness care strategies.

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 neighborhood 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 teens either embody and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa.

An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling a twin of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their detailed approach of life.

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