The Amish Life-Style in an Era of Rapid Social Change

  • Jerry Savells
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


The Old Order Amish have been part of American society for three centuries. Although there are variations in the social values and behavioral practices within different Amish church districts, the Old Order Amish have basically resisted the acculturation process that would reinforce and promote a life-style embraced by most of the non-Amish in our contemporary society (Savells, 1988; Kephart & Zellner, 1994; Kraybill, 1989).


Social Change Amish Family Religious Conviction Emotional Security Economic Survival 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry Savells
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyWright State UniversityDaytonUSA

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