The Riddle of Amish Culture

The Riddle of Amish Culture Since its publication in The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America s most distinctive religious communities But many changes have occurred within Amis

  • Title: The Riddle of Amish Culture
  • Author: Donald B. Kraybill
  • ISBN: 9780801867729
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America s most distinctive religious communities But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transfSince its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America s most distinctive religious communities But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture For this revised edition, Donald B Kraybill has taken these recent changes into account, incorporating new demographic research and new interviews he has conducted among the Amish In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of social capital to his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.

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    1. Kraybill knows his topic He s a prof at Messiah College, a top drawer evangelial school with Anabaptist Brethren roots, located near PA Amish country He has studied and written on the Amish since the mid 80s He is also a clear communicator, able to summarize complicated material with ease He is clearly very sympathetic to most of the Amish distinctives, though he is able to maintain a critical stance To me the Amish are than simply a curious cultural oddity They offer some insights into ways fo [...]


    2. I found this book at a political science conference, and it looked interesting, so I grabbed it for fun reading It s one of the best ethnographic studies I have ever read, and I learned a lot about the subtleties of the Amish way of life, and why the Amish avoid, in many cases, electricity, phones, motorized equipment, and the like But the Amish are not the cute tourist props most people seem to think they are their culture is rich, complex, and worthy of knowing about.


    3. A while ago, I stumbled upon an article about the Amish Written by a futurist, his proposition was that the Amish are unique in how they adapt new technology In contrast to all other societies, the Amish consciously judge each new advance whether it furthers the goals of their community This interested me so much that I decided to investigate After a brief search the title of this book drew me The Riddle of Amish Culture The book is written by Donald B Kraybill A Distinguished Professor and a le [...]


    4. Despite the occasional textbook feel and tone of this book, the subject matter drew me in throughout Kraybill takes years and years of careful research and crafts it into a remarkably readable and informative study on the Amish, particularly in Lancaster County He treats this unique community with grace, interest and detail, by describing and analyzing the many facets of the Amish dress, worship, work, family, etc These are not a one dimensional people who strictly or blindly adhere to a set of [...]


    5. I grew up in the late 50 s and 60 s in SE Pennsylvania at the fringes of Amish country It was a rare sight to see an Amish horse and buggy in those days Last week, on a beautiful autumn Sunday, driving a seven mile stretch of PA 372 southwest of Lancaster I lost count after passing than two dozen buggies.It was probably visiting Sunday, not a church Sunday I could not have reached that conclusion had I not just finished reading Donald Kraybill s comprehensive documentary about the enigmatic way [...]


    6. I bought this book at a Mennonite Amish visitors center the girls and I learned that these centers were run by Mennonites, so most of the books were about that faith and its traditions and practices I was searching for an outside scholar, so I settled on this book by Kraybill who has written many books about the Amish published by Johns Hopkins U Press most of his works are published by a Mennonite press.It definitely answered our questions about the Amish we have glimpsed on our travels carting [...]


    7. The Riddle Of Amish CultureDonald B KraybillFiction332 pagescopyright 2001isbn 0 8018 6772 xSince its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America s most distinctive religious communities But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture For this revi [...]


    8. Am Amish friend recommended author Donald Kraybill as someone who knows about the Amish than the Amish do Although he hadn t read this particular book, it seemed like a good starting point While the examples are focused on the Pennsylvania Amish so don t always agree with our Michigan congregation s way of doing things, the basic culture is the same I learned much of the reasoning behind many of the Amish customs The concept of Gelassenheit especially resonates And I agree with Dr Kraybill s co [...]


    9. Although a bit dated, this book is still a good read, especially for a person like myself who is immersed in Mennonitism and married to a 4th generation ex Amish Maybe being a classic takes it off the dated list Are we an off shoot of the Amish or vice versa Are we 100 years ahead of the Amish culturally or 100 years behind, a question not asked explicitly but answered eloquently in the book s final chapter, The Dialogue with Modernity This stand alone chapter is well worth reading even if you d [...]


    10. An excellent, thoughtful, and comprehensive analysis of the cultural dynamics of Old Order Amish communities, with a particular focus on Lancaster County It manages to be both scholarly and thoroughly readable, providing insights into the unique social and personal dynamics of life in those unique communities I ve studied and read on Amish life for years, and even so, managed to learn a thing or two Or three If you re interested in pushing past the pastel colored illusions and getting a deeper s [...]


    11. I have this fascination for the Amish culture I am not sure where it comes from.but this book helped make my fascinationformative The book was really interesting.but the last two chapters were a bit boring I am not sure if it was because I was tired of reading the book or if the last two chapters ARE boringbut I enjoyed the first 200 pages and recommend the book to people who want to learn about Amish culture.


    12. Excellent, sympathetic insights into Amish culture Written in 1985, it s a little dated even the Amish are a bit different now than they were then, as they ve not escaped being affected by the existence of the Internet, by 9 11, by a school shooting a year or so ago, and so forth But overall, this was an informative and readable book, well written enough to hold my attention even when I was tired


    13. The book was a very interesting read and an excellent look at Amish culture and beliefs It is written by some who is considered an expert in Anabaptist studies It is a good look at their history, their beliefs, how they carry out these beliefs and even a comparison to the moderns we who are not Amish It is somewhat like a text book, but it doesn t read like a text and isn t boring at all.


    14. Having lived near Amish most of my life, this book has been invaluable to my understanding of these gentle people Now it is clearer how the people in Lancaster County, PA handled the terrible tragedy of an English madman who went into a schoolhouse and killed and wounded small Amish children And it also puts into words why I have been attracted to them and as a child often wanted to be Amish.


    15. This is really the seminal work in Pennsylvanian Amish culture and to an extent, Ohioan If you re ever interested in learning about the Amish, this is where you want to go He delves not only into practice, but the reasons behind practice Kraybill is a cultural expert, and has many books on the subject.


    16. Purchased in Lancaster County, PA VERY thorough, sometimes a bit wordy I was fascinated when I was visiting there and wanted to learn , and this was definitely a good guide to various aspects of Amish life, but was a bit textbooky for my taste.


    17. I went through a season of being super impressed with the Amish culture This book helped me understand the way of life better It is a basic understanding of the movement, and spurned me on to study of the American utopian experiment communities such as the Shakers, and Zoar Village etc.


    18. Slightly dry, but there s some good information in here Kraybill s constant moralizing on Amish culture s superiority to Modern culture quickly grows tiresome, though.



    19. I read this for a class What an interesting culture The author seems to be thoroughly versed in his subject, and is able to explain to the outsider the reasons for Amish practices.




    20. I tried to find books about the Quakers and their beliefs, as they re quite admirable This is the closest book I could find.



    21. Well written and interesting, this book gives a wonderful, respectful introduction to Amish culture without fetishizing it.




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