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dc.creatorLong, Scot E.
dc.creatorMoore, Richard
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 2, no. 2 (2014), p. 186-202.en_US
dc.description.abstractUpon reaching 40 households, an Amish church district typically divides into two smaller, relatively equally sized districts. This article analyzes the relationship between Amish church divisions and topographic demarcation lines within Clark Township, Holmes County, Ohio, from 1930 to 2010. In findings, divisions often follow physical geography boundaries, such as ridges that outline the edge of a watershed, or rivers and streams that essentially define topography within a watershed. Further, Amish leaders divide churches with objectives based on several socioreligious factors, from the maintenance of the faith community to the goal of preserving Amish neighborhoods and rural identity, while also facilitating the continuation of traditional agricultural practices.en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Librariesen_US
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright ownership of this article. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the author.en_US
dc.subjectOld Order Amishen_US
dc.subjectNew Order Amishen_US
dc.subjectFaith communityen_US
dc.subjectRural identityen_US
dc.subjectTraditional agricultureen_US
dc.subjectChurch divisionen_US
dc.subjectWatershed boundariesen_US
dc.subjectPopulation growthen_US
dc.titleAmish Church District Fissioning and Watershed Boundaries among Holmes County, Ohio, Amishen_US

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