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The Amish

The Amish have always struggled with the modern world. Known for their simple clothing, plain lifestyle, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish communities continually face outside pressures to modify their cultural patterns, social organization, and religious world view. An intimate portrait of Amish life, The Amish explores not only the emerging diversity and evolving identities within this distinctive American ethnic community, but also its transformation and geographic expansion
Print Book, English, ©2013
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, ©2013
xvi, 500 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
9781421409146, 9781421409153, 1421409143, 1421409151
Roots. Who are the Amish?
European origins
The story in America
Cultural context. Religious roots
Sacred rituals
The Amish way
Symbols and identity
Social organization. Diverse affiliations
Population patterns
Community organization
Gender and family
From Rumspringa to marriage
Social ties and community rhythms
External ties. Agriculture
Health and healing
Government and civic relations
The Amish in print
Tourism and media
The future. Pursuits of happiness
Appendix A. Related groups: Mennonites, Brethren, Hutterites
Appendix B. Key events in Amish history
"The companion to American Experience PBS"--Jacket