By Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell
The authors problem the preferred snapshot 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; winning girl 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 twin of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their unique manner of life.
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