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Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1. Models for Understanding Amish Society
Chapter 2. The Birth of Amish Society
Chapter 3. To America
Part II: Stability and Fulfillment
Chapter 4. The Amish Charter
Chapter 5. The Community
Chapter 6. Agriculture and Subsistence
Chapter 7. The Amish Family
Chapter 8. Child Nurture and Training
Chapter 9. The Life Ceremonies
Chapter 10. Ritual Integration of the Community
Chapter 11. The Symbolism of Community and Custom
Part III: Patterns of Change
Chapter 12. Government and the Amish
Chapter 13. Change and Fragmentation
Chapter 14. Deviation and Vulnerability
Chapter 15. Health and Healing
Chapter 16. Backstage Amish Life
Chapter 17. Responses to Change
Part IV: Survival
Chapter 18. The Discourse with Survival
Selected References
Photo Credits

About the Author

John A. Hostetler (1918-2001) is author of the best-selling Amish Society and the widely acclaimed Hutterite Society, both available from Johns Hopkins. Raised in the Amish faith, he was founding director of the Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and a former professor of anthropology and sociology at Temple University.


The definitive book on one of America's most misunderstood communities. Philadelphia Inquirer In a class by itself. Journal of American History The best single book available on the Amish. Christianity Today

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