Plain Diversity Amish Cultures and Identities Young Center

Plain Diversity Amish Cultures and Identities Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies Plain and simple American popular culture has embraced a singular image of Amish culture that is immune to the complexities of the modern world one room school houses horses and buggies sound and simple morals and unfaltering faith But these stereotypes dangerously oversimplify a rich and diverse cultureIn fact contemporary Amish settlements represent a mosaic of practice and conviction In the first book to describe the complexity of Amish cultural identity Steven M Nolt and Thomas J Meyers explore the interaction of migration history church discipline and ethnicity in the community life of nineteen Amish settlements in Indiana Their extensive field research reveals the factors that influence the distinct and differing Amish identities found in each settlement and how those factors relate to the broad spectrum of Amish settlements throughout North AmericaNolt and Meyers find Amish children who attend public schools Amish household heads who work at luxury mobile home factories and Amish women who prefer a Wal Mart shopping cart to a uilting frame Challenging the plain and simple view of Amish identity this study raises the intriguing uestion of how such a diverse people successfully share a common identity in the absence of uniformity

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Plain Diversity Amish Cultures and Identities Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
  • Steven M. Nolt
  • English
  • 11 July 2016
  • 9780801886058

About the Author: Steven M. Nolt

Steven M Nolt is Senior Scholar and Professor of History and Anabaptist Studies at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College

3 thoughts on “Plain Diversity Amish Cultures and Identities Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

  1. Liz Liz says:

    I wanted to read a book to better understand the Amish and the selection at my local library was lacking so I picked this one and I wished I hadn'tIf I start a book I HAVE to finish it and this one read like a text book or perhaps a dissertation It was awfulTo be honest I skipped about 15 pages near the end that discussed individual settlements It was too repetitive and seriously PAINFULI do not recommend this book at all to anyone everI'm so glad to be done it

  2. Emily Emily says:

    This is a very good introduction to the diversity within the Amish religionculture in the state of Indiana The only reason I'm giving it four stars rather than five is that it could easily be twice as long for me and other nerds; while this book provides a good overview I would've liked in depth comparisons

  3. D.l. D.l. says:

    I found this to be an excellent study of the various Amish communities in Indiana While some of the information appears to be repetitive the subtle differences between the communities helped me to better understand some of the interactions I've had in different parts of my state

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