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The Amish have been a people of the plow for than three centuries An agrarian tradition and a love for the land have shaped their distinctive faith and culture in many ways The farm provided a crib for nurturing large families and stable marriages a locus for work and a haven from the vices of the larger world This book tells the story of the Amish of Lancaster County Pennsylvania who have rather rapidly abandoned their plows for the pursuit of profit from the preface Amish culture has been rooted in the soil since its beginnings in 1693 But what happens when of the members of America's oldest Amish community enter non farm work in one generation? How will hundreds of cottage industries and micro enterprises reshape the heart of Amish life? Will traditional eighth grade education still prove adeuate? What about gender roles child rearing practices leisure activities and growing ties with outsiders? Amish Enterprise is the first book to discuss the dramatic changes that will affect Amish communities throughout North America Based on interviews with than 150 Amish entrepreneurs the authors trace the rise and impact of micro enterprises in Lancaster's Amish settlement over the past two decades They document the proliferation of than a thousand Amish owned enterprises in the Lancaster area some 14 percent of them boasting annual sales above 500000 Kraybill and Nolt explain why at a time when the majority of new American business ventures fail virtually all Amish businesses succeed Amish Enterprise offers surprising insights into the cultural transformation of a plain people who are becoming increasingly entangled in the economic web of modernlife

10 thoughts on “Amish Enterprise From Plows to Profits Center Books in Anabaptist Studies

  1. says:

    I happen to live near the world's largest Amish community in Ohio and have seen how industrious the Amish culture is The Amish are natural entrepreneurs For centuries they have been self employed running their farms and being self sufficient for the most partToday you find the Amish increasingly are engaged in business off the farm Around here Amish builders from homes to cabinetry are common the house next to mine was Amish built Amish restaurants are to die for Amish furniture and crafts abound And of course Amish tourism is big big business Beyond these visible enterprises the Amish are involved in many other industries not as visibleSo I was eager to read Kraybill's book for any lessons learned from the Amish that other small business owners and entrepreneurs could apply to their situations However upon delving into the book I realized it's not that kind of bookThe book portrays the dramatic shift in the Amish culture from farm centric to becoming engaged in private enterprise off the farms He does a great job capturing this shift and the changes wrought in the fabric of the Amish culture that either lead to or result from this shift He also captures the essence of Amish business practicesWhile the book does a great job capturing the sociological aspects of the Amish entering into businesses it's not uite as useful to the entrepreneur looking for lessonsIf you are seeking succinct lessons about what makes Amish entrepreneurs successful you'll have to tease the learnings out of the book on your own based on the stories and examples given I don't think the authors intended it as a how to for non Amish entrepreneurs However I still think this is a worthwhile book So my rating reflects of a mismatch between my own expectations and what the author set out to do

  2. says:

    This book explains how the Amish are financially managing in today's economy while adhering to their doctrines This is a text book type book not a tourism read