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Articulations, Connections And Short-Circuits

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This chapter explores the Mennonite dilemma between their moral value of remaining separate from the world, while maintaining relationships with it. It focuses on the predicaments of border maintenance in the face of inter-group relations, and also how these borders get challenged and crossed. The chapter shows the variety of domains of articulation that exist in the colony, and some successful instances of the construction of borders that keep them separate and, at the same time, deal with the required connections with the outside world. It also focuses on the problematic aspects of articulation and explores, through a biographical approach, the dangers, dilemmas and struggles faced by one of these articulators. The chapter discusses the conflicts generated between the colony and the surrounding society. Franz's career as an articulator is instructive since it shows clearly the dilemmas and dangers of treading the borders of the Old Colony.

Keywords:articulation; border maintenance; Franz; Mennonite; Old Colony



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