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- DescriptionAmong the Old Order Mennite and Amish communities of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the coming of the telephone posed a serious challenge to the longstanding traditions of work, worship, silence, and visiting. In 1907, Mennites crafted a compromise in order to avoid a church split and grudgingly allowed telephones for lay people while prohibiting telephone ownership among the clergy. By 1909, the Amish had banned the telephone completely from their homes. Since then, the vigorous and sometimes painful debates about the meaning of the telephone reveal intense concerns about the maintenance of boundaries between the community and the outside world and the processes Old Order communities use to confront and mediate change. In Holding the Line, Diane Zimmerman Umble offers a historical and ethgraphic study of how the Old Order Mennites and Amish responded to and accommodated the telephone from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. For Old Order communities, Umble writes, appropriate use of the telephone marks the edges of appropriate association -- who can be connected to whom, in what context, and under what circumstances. Umble's analysis of the social meaning of the telephone explores the effect of techlogy on community identity and the maintenance of cultural values through the regulation of the means of communication.
- Author BiographyDiane Zimmerman Umble is an associate professor of communication and theater at Millersville University.
- Author(s)Diane Zimmerman Umble
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2000
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Series TitleCenter Books in Anabaptist Studies
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note20, 20 black & white illustrations
- Weight330 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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