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Unformatted text preview: Intro. To Sociology Professor Karmen 8 March 2010 Sociology Take Home Essay Chapter 2 – The Amish The Amish are distinguishable from mainstream society - a subculture - in many ways. First – and most obviously – the small villages and towns in which they live are separated from mainstream of American society, both geographically and culturally. In fact, Amish people actively avoid visiting other places that do not share their values or beliefs; this is where it gets interesting. The Amish do not believe in the use of electricity, because they believe that most applications of electricity cause rapid depersonalization/the unraveling of community. Things that mainstream society considers to be useful, even necessary, (ex: car, television, computer) are abhorred by the Amish because they create inequality between members of the community. The Amish lifestyle is all about hard work and being connected to the community – refusing to give up their old customs in order to be on the cutting edge. Subculture at the community – refusing to give up their old customs in order to be on the cutting edge....
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Karmen during the Spring '10 term at Adelphi.
- Spring '10