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Amish Society by John A. Hostetler

John Hostetler’s portrait of the Amish people effectively captures the depth and diversity of their enduring culture. Plenty to mull over and consider.

Please try again later. One person found this helpful. This book “fills in” the portrait of the Amish by providing a very clear, readable, though factual history of the Amish “progression”, if you will. Pennsylvania State University, was a scholar of Amish and Hutterite societies, a Fulbright scholar, and occasional film consultant and expert witness.

He was extremely pleased with it. I learned a lot more from experience than from books, though. Anyway, this book is giving me plenty of new insight and information and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Amish Society

But the curious thing is that this practice never seems to come up against the boundary-crossing that was the life and preaching of Jesus.

Hostetler is author of the best-selling Amish Society and the widely acclaimed Hutterite Society, both available from Johns Hopkins. Refresh and try again. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. This was written by a former Amishman who became a sociologist Hosretler taught at Penn State. Aug 06, Keith added it.


Utilizing a religious exemption from active duty, Hostetler, as a conscientious objectorwas assigned to Civilian Public Service in several locations.

Showing of 40 reviews. This classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect the current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America. During the early s Hostetler organized an extensive study of Hutterite religious, educational and social practices, with particular focus on socialization patterns, in three colonies, two in southern Canada and one in the northern U.

Never baptized in the Amish church, Hostetler joined the Mennonite Church in A People of Preservation and The Hutterites: Informative and answered nearly all the questions I had.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Get to Know Us. I have an obsession with the Amish community. Ritual Integration of the Community. While the Amish have always been a curiosity for many, I find much to admire about their life, certainly about the way they live out the message of Jesus.

John A. Hostetler

Amish Society by John A. Lists with This Book. This book is well worth buying! Jun 13, Emily rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dismayed by inaccurate popular essays on the Amish, Hostetler published Amish Life Herald Press, and The Amish Herald Press,books still in print at his death, whose combined sales approachedcopies at that time. I like that they farm and that they don’t learn stuff that’s not practical, but I love to learn about stuff.

I refer especially to the strong in-group mentality, and the resulting tensions with the “world”. This is an absolutely invaluable book for understanding the Amish! I enjoyed it from this perspective. On the one hand it’s awesome that they are able to be a people who don’t use technology, but on the other they don’t believe in knowledge for the sake of knowledge and they are hypocrites because they do use technology sometimes. If you’ve read some of the high-quality books put out by The People’s Place and would really like to know more, this is where to look.


This IS a textbook and like all textbooks tends to be analytical as well as informative. In depth no nonsense review of the Amish Society from European immigration to present day. Through publication and contact with the public media, Hostetler served as the leading national interpreter of Amish and Hutterite communities throughout the last half of the twentieth century.

It’s well-written and informative though. Highly acclaimed in previous editions—with more than 85, copies in print— this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America.

The Amish have much to fear, and in fact many Christians do as well.

Feb 04, Meg rated it really liked it. That rests on some kind of dualism.

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