comparing the Amish society and British modern day society, values and norms

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This essay is going to look at the families in the Amish Society and British Modern Day Society. The essay will demonstrate understanding of their cultures, values, norms and inequalities.

The Amish society first originated in 1962 in Europe and the first Amish arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1730’s to escape persecution in Europe.The Amish church started as a breakaway from the Annabaptists (adult baptizers) in Switzerland in 1693, led by Jakob Ammann. Frater, J. (2012) According to BBC Religions (2009) the Amish believe that the community is at the heart of their life and faith, and that the way to salvation is to live as a loving community apart from the world. Individualism is avoided.

The Amish have very strong religious values
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In British modern day society the focus is very much around money and material goods, there is little religion ties or beliefs, unlike the Amish who live by the unwritten rules of the Ordnung. The Ordnung outlines the basics of their faith and although may vary slightly from community to community, it governs an unwritten code of behaviour.The rules are mostly derived from the Bible but those which aren’t are justified by the fact that they will cause a person to ultimately become worldly and thus breach the Biblical laws Frater, J.(2012) Religion Facts (2007) stated that the Ordnung governs everything from clothing and childbearing to occupational activities and how the weekend is spent.

The clothes that the ‘Ordnung’ governs the Amish to wear are distinctive but plain. Jonathan (2011) spoke of how the men had to wear their shirts with “3 buttons so they aren’t not tempted to open it”. Powell (2013) also tells us of the dress code set by the ‘Ordnung’ for woman it is stated that they and girls wear bonnets, long full dresses no higher than 6” above their ankles with capes over their shoulder. They aren’t allowed to wear any jewellery. This is a large contrast to men and women in British Modern Day society who can wear any clothes

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