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Utopian communities : survival of Old Order Hutterite, Amish and Mennonite groups

Author: Elsie W Hamel
Publisher: [Charleston, S.C.?] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2011]
Dissertation: Based on the author's 2007 dissertation (doctoral--Lehigh University) with the title: Survival and continuity in literature by and about Old Order Hutterite, Amish, and Mennonite groups.
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This study is a comprehensive review of religious and secular utopian sects to determine why three old order anabaptist groups have survived for four centuries and have thrived into the twenty-first century when hundreds of sects have failed. Utopian theory provides a background to elucidate the reasons why many people were attracted to these communities. A multitude of key factors contributed to the decline and  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elsie W Hamel
ISBN: 9781456317348 1456317342
OCLC Number: 756952300
Description: 397 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Introduction --
Ch. 2. The Idea of Utopia. Utopian Ideals and Philosophies ; Fictional Utopias - Imaging Perfection ; Modern Fiction ; Other Utopias - Religious and Secular ; Ephrata Cloister ; Shakers (United Society of Believers) ; Amana Society ; Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) ; Oneida Community of Perfectionists ; New Harmony (Owenism) ; The Fourier Society ; Rajneeshpuram --
Ch. 3. Utopian Old Orders. Hutterites ; Mennonites ; Amish --
Ch. 4. My Life --
Ch. 5. Conclusions.
Responsibility: by Elsie W. Hamel.

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This study is a comprehensive review of religious and secular utopian sects to determine why three old order anabaptist groups have survived for four centuries and have thrived into the twenty-first century when hundreds of sects have failed. Utopian theory provides a background to elucidate the reasons why many people were attracted to these communities. A multitude of key factors contributed to the decline and failure of the non-old order sects; e.g., a lack of commitment, the absence of a central belief system buttressed by uniform governance, self-centered charismatic leaders, the inability to provide economic support, poor work ethics, a disparity of common goals and a decline in community membership. Also, readers are given a glimpse of mid-twentieth-century Pennsylvania Dutch farm life.

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