Family, Church, and Market: A Mennonite Community in the Old and the New Worlds, 1850–1930
Royden Loewen examines how the men and women of this immigrant group decised strategies to maintain familiar social structures and cultural patters within a changing society. Because these Mennonites were highly literate, leaving a rich array of diaries, letters, and memoirs, their everyday lives and ethnic self-perceptions can be reconstituted in detail.
Loewen's account tells of three generations of Mennonites for whom the farm family was the primary social unit. The sectarian, lay-oriented church congregation interpreted life's meaning and enforced strict social boundaries on the community level. These traditionalist were coupled with a sensitive adaptation to the market economy of the outside world.
- Series: Heritage
- Page Count: 398 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"A clear and well-developed micro-study that by its example points out new, interesting avenues of approach for historians who work in the ethnic field."
Herman Ganzevoort, author of A Bittersweet land: The Dutch Experience in Canada, 1890-1980
Royden Loewen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and a professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He is an award-winning author of a number of books on Mennonites and immigrants in North America.
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