The Amish and the Media
Of all the religious groups in contemporary America, few demonstrate as many reservations toward the media as do the Old Order Amish. Yet these attention-wary citizens have become a media phenomenon, featured in films, novels, magazines, newspapers, and television—from Witness, Amish in the City, and Devil's Playground to the intense news coverage of the 2006 Nickel Mines School shooting. But the Old Order Amish are more than media subjects. Despite their separatist tendencies, they use their own media networks to sustain Amish culture. Chapters in the collection examine the influence of Amish-produced newspapers and books, along with the role of informal spokespeople in Old Order communities.
With essays from experts in the fields of film and media studies, poetry, American studies, anthropology, and history, this groundbreaking study shows how the relationship between the Amish and the media provides valuable insights into the perception of minority religion in North American culture.
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"What I appreciate most is the extent to which this book is able to explain Amish life . . . while also showing how their technological hesitancy complicates the multifaceted process of media mediation. The Amish and the Media should be of great interest to scholars and generally educated readers drawn to North American religion and the media."—Willaim D. Romanowski, Mennonite Quarterly Review
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