The Amish, Society and Culture

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The Amish, Society and Culture

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Case study/Cross Cultural Comparison

The Amish is a group of traditionalist Christians that rely on simple living, plain dress and refuse to adapt to modern technology. The history of the Amish started in Switzerland in 1693 led by Jakob Amman. Today majority of the traditional descendants of the Amish live in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Family

In an average Amish family it consist of, a mother, father with an average of 7 children. Their grandparents play a vital part of the family because once they pass; the children inherit their land, property and wisdom. The father of the family is the bread winner (Providing the family with money, food and shelter). Many Amish men seek jobs in areas such as - Bakery

- Furniture shop
- Saw Mill
- Engine Repair ship
- Dry goods store etc.
The mother in the family is in charge of running the household; she is in charge of the cooking and the gardening because most Amish food is home grown. A young Amish girl is expected to learn the mother’s skills at running the household so she will be fully prepared when her time comes to run a household of her own. As for a traditional Australian a common family is called a nuclear family consisting of a mother, father and 2 children. Grandparents are normally sent to a retirement village because they are unstable to live and look after themselves. In most families the farther will normally be the bread winner but due to the current generation the mother or the father can support the family. Men who seek out for a job will depend on themselves and the knowledge and skill they have. Someone who has a lower experience job will probably be working in a factory or in construction (Labour Job) or someone who has studied and finished a degree is likely to be working in an office or running their own business. Roles and status

Roles within the Amish community are largely based on gender. Males provide leadership within the community. Though status in Australian cultural is what you...

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