By Charles E. Hurst
Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the biggest and so much various Amish group on the earth. but, unusually, it continues to be fairly 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 two hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social swap and schism in the cost, the place Amish organisations and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an unparalleled and complicated technique of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry motives them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, family members practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and overall healthiness care techniques. The authors problem the preferred photograph of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, displaying how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and group values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; winning girl marketers stay 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 just like the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their particular lifestyle. (2011)
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Chesterhill-Stockport 13. Danville-Butler 14. De Graff 15. Dorsett–Cherry Valley 16. Frazeysburg 17. Fredericktown–Bellville 18. Gallipolis 19. Geauga 20. Glenford-Somerset 21. Glenmont-Brinkhaven 22. Hicksville 23. Hillsboro-Leesburg 24. Howard–East Knox 25. Kenton–Mt. Victory 26. Kilgore 27. Kinsman 28. Lakeville–Big Prairie 29. Laurelville 30. Lewisville 31. Lodi-Homerville 32. Londonderry 33. Loudenville-McKay 34. Martinsburg-Utica 35. McArthur 36. Middlebourne 37. Oak Hill 38. Peebles 39. Peoli–Port Washington 40.
The doctrine of nonresistance is another important feature, which distinguishes the Amish from sectarian groups in other parts of the world that have been engulfed in violent confrontations. Because they believe in avoiding force and excessive competition in social relations, the Amish do not file lawsuits or hold political office, and they do not serve in the military, in police departments, or on juries. In addition, all affiliations still place a cap on formal schooling at eighth grade, and one- or two-room schoolhouses have increasingly dotted the terrain in Amish settlements over the past fifty years.
Inhabitants originally coming from Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, and Ireland. 61 Holmes County is also known for its political conservatism. 5 percent supporting Bush and 24 percent voting for Kerry. ” An Old Order Amish man, now deceased, used to joke that he could count the Amish who supported Democrats on one hand. 32 a an amish paradox a In terms of the broader religious context, most of the mainline Christian churches are represented in the Holmes County Settlement, but so too are more assimilated Anabaptist churches such as the Brethren, the Beachy Amish, and various Mennonite congregations.