By Charles E. Hurst
Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the biggest and so much diversified Amish neighborhood on the earth. but, strangely, it continues to be really unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell carried out seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social switch and schism in the payment, the place Amish agencies and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an remarkable and intricate technique of swap as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace explanations them to reconsider their non secular convictions, relations practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and well-being care thoughts.
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 neighborhood values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; profitable girl marketers reside 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 dead ringer for the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their designated method of life.