Hostetler, John Andrew, 1918-. Amish society

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Part I Foundations

Chapter 1 Models For Understanding Amish Society

A Commonwealth

A Sectarian Society

A Folk Society

A High-context Culture

The View From The Inside

Chapter 2 The Bírth Of Amísh Socíety

The Social Climate Of Reform

The Swiss Brethren

The Schleitheim Articles

The Amish Branch

Jacob Ammann, Founder

The Development Of Separatism

Chapter 3 To Ameríca

The Torment In Europe

Eighteenth-century Emigration

Problems Of The Early Communities

The Fate Of The European Amish

Part Ii Stability And Fulfillment

Chapter 4 The Amish Charter

Gemeinde As A Redemptive Community

Separation From The World

The Vow Of Baptism

Ordnung And Tradition

Exclusion: Excommunication And Social Avoidance

Closeness To Nature

Chapter 5 The Community

Settlement Patterns

Growth And Expansion

Population Characteristics


Patterns Of Interaction

Chapter 6 Agriculture And Subsistence

The European Agricultural Heritage

Soil Productivity And Management

Work And Seasonal Activities

The Nonfarming Amish

Chapter 7 The Amísh Famíly


Married-pair Living

Personal Relationships

Children And Parents

Food And Table

Recreation And Leisure

The Mature Years

Chapter 8 Child Nurture And Training

The Goals Of Education

Age Stages


The Amish Personality

Chapter 9 The Life Ceremonies




Chapter 10 Ritual Integration Of The Community

The Preaching Service

Order Of An Amish Preaching Service

Visiting Patterns

The Ceremonial Calendar

Communion And Foot Washing

Music And Integration

Chapter 11 The Symbolism Of Community And Exclusiveness

Sign, Symbol, And Convention

Dress As A Language Of Protest

Language And Speech


Unpretentious Knowledge

Mutual Aid And Generosity

Part Iii Patterns Of Change

Chapter 12 Government And The Amísh

The School Controversy

Objections To Higher Education

The Pennsylvania Compromise

The Iowa Confrontation

The Supreme Court Ruling

Compulsory Welfare


Chapter 13 Change And Fragmentation

Diversity Among The Old Order Amish

Major Tensions And Splits

Issues And Confrontations

Divisions Within A Single Community

Chapter 14 Deviation And Vulnerability

Modes Of Individual Adaptation

The Influence Of Pietism And Revivalism

The Temptation Of Higher Education

The Effects Of Tourism

Chapter 15 Health And Healing

Medical Beliefs And Practices

Hereditary Diseases

Mental Illness

Folk And Sympathy Cures

Chapter 16 Backstage Amísh Lífe

Rigidity And The Illusion Of Gentleness

Social Stagnation And Apathy

Population Density And Rowdyism

Part Iv Survíval

Chapter 17 Responses To Change

Social Control And Change



Movement To New Settlements

Control Of The Socialization Experience

Appropriate Technology

Chapter 18 The Díscourse Wíth Survíval

The Amish View Of The Future

The Silent Discourse

On The Meaning Of Separation

The Scale Of The Community

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Title: Amish society

Published By: Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980. 16, 415 p.: ill.

By line: John A. Hostetler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Amish (NM06)

Subjects: History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Religious denominations (795); Congregations (794); Religious offenses (688); Cultural participation (184); Tillage (241); Priesthood (793); Sickness (750);

Abstract: The ethnographic material in this document provides a comprehensive study of the three largest Amish settlements in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, although numerous smaller settlements were also visited. Socialization processes, schooling, family patterns, population trends, and occupational patterns are all given particular emphasis in this work with the purpose of communicating a knowledge of Amish life to the reader. The scope of the material gives an overall view of Amish life rather than specific details of a particular region, and is integrative rather than specialized or esoteric. The author discusses in detail the origins, values, maintenance, and social relationships of the Amish communities, followed by lengthy consideration of the problems, conflicts and psychological burdens of being Amish (p. xii).

Document Number: 1

Document ID: nm06-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist, Indigene-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1987: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: 1683-1980

Coverage Place: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, United States

LCSH: Amish


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