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dc.creatorPetrovich, Christopher
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 5, no. 1 (2017), p. 120-142.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Amish are notoriously difficult to chart in terms of affiliations. However, defining affiliations is important to researchers: as a suitable measurement of conservatism, as a useful context for making sense of a particular district or settlement, for tracing socio-religious change over time, and for depicting both the unity and diversity that characterize contemporary Amish socio-ecclesiastical life. Until recently, scholars followed John Hostetler's definition of an affiliation as a group of church districts that fellowship together and share a common Ordnung. But in The Amish, Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt offer an entirely new definition of an affiliation as a cluster of two or more districts with at least twenty years of shared history. They conclude that there are at least 40 Amish affiliations. I argue against this haphazard fragmentation, identifying six major affiliations and a handful of outliers. I then apply my traditional-modified model to several scenarios to demonstrate the model's utility.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.subjectAmish affiliationsen_US
dc.subjectAmish denominationsen_US
dc.subjectNew New Order Amishen_US
dc.subjectNew Order Christian Fellowshipen_US
dc.subjectNew Order Amishen_US
dc.subjectOld Order Amishen_US
dc.subjectAndy Weaver Amishen_US
dc.subjectKenton Amishen_US
dc.subjectSwartzentruber Amishen_US
dc.subjectKraybill, Johnson-Weiner, and Nolt The Amishen_US
dc.subjectHolmes County, Ohioen_US
dc.subjectAdams County, Indianaen_US
dc.titleMore Than Forty Amish Affiliations? Charting the Fault Linesen_US

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