The Amish : A Concise Introduction, Paperback / softback Book


There seems to be no end to our fascination with the Amish, a religious minority that has both placed itself outside the mainstream of American culture and flourished within it.

Yet most people know very little about the nuanced relationship the Amish have with society or their own communities.

Drawing on more than twenty years of fieldwork and collaborative research, Steven M.

Nolt's The Amish: A Concise Introduction is a compact but richly detailed portrait of Amish life.

In fewer than 150 pages, readers will come away with a clear understanding of the complexities of these simple people.

Writing in engaging and accessible language, Nolt explains how the Amish at once operate within modern America and stand very much apart from the world.

Arguing that Amish life is shaped equally by internal and external social, political, and economic contexts, Nolt explores Amish identity as emerging from a complex cultural negotiation with modernity.

He takes on much-hyped topics such as Rumspringa and reveals the distinctive Amish approach to technology.

He also explains how Amish principles stand in contrast to contemporary American values, including rational efficiency, large-scale organization, and Western notions of individuality.

Authoritative, informative, and illustrated, this guide provides a vivid introduction to a way of life many find fascinating but few truly understand.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 152 pages, 6 Line drawings, black and white; 28 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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  • Category: Other Nonconformist & Evangelical Churches
  • ISBN: 9781421419565



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