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The Old Colony is one among the wide variety of self-defined Mennonite groups that recognize Menno Simons (1496-1561), originally a Dutch Catholic priest, as their founder. The Mennonite's history of constant border crossing and their formation of a territorially fragmented community that spans across national borders requires an approach that is not limited by the naturalization of national borders. This chapter presents a brief analysis of the ways in which Mennonites, Hutterites and Amish have been represented within the social sciences. Recurrent topics in sociological and anthropological studies of Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites, include their economic success within a context of selective technological appropriation (Bennett 1967), and the effects and threats that these appropriations pose for the social identities of these groups.

Keywords:Amish; Hutterites; Mennonites; Old Colony



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