6 responses to Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish
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    Comment on Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish (August 28th, 2007 at 04:25)

    Thanks for introducing what appears to be a very interesting book. I will look for it.

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    missymess
    Comment on Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish (August 29th, 2007 at 11:27)

    The cover photo is from the movie “Devil’s Playground”, so I wonder if he was involved in that movie. I finally saw it recently and it’s quite disturbing. I realize these kids aren’t church members, but they still live in their parent’s home. Thankfully communities like the one shown are in the minority.

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    Comment on Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish (August 29th, 2007 at 15:46)

    Great Ruth, it’s worth a read.

    Shachtman was involved in making that documentary. I have not had a chance to view it.

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    Tom Shachtman
    Comment on Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish (September 4th, 2007 at 05:48)

    Actually, I wasn’t involved in making the documentary, but used several hundred hours of their taped interviews as a source of information, then went further and did my own, partly out of a belief that the somewhat skewed viewpoint of the documentary — concentrating on drugs — did not tell the full story of Rumspringa or or the Amish. Thanks for a review that understands my perspective and the work put into giving a true (warts and all) portrait of the Amish.

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    Comment on Rumspringa factors among different Amish groups (September 4th, 2007 at 19:17)

    Rumspringa factors among different Amish groups

    Thanks for clarifying that, Tom.

    I spent 3 months last summer in Elkhart/Lagrange and Nappanee, as well as in the Swiss Amish settlement of Allen County. I probably met on some level at least 90% of the families with school age and younger children in those areas so often caught myself wondering if I knew any of the individuals that show up in your work.

    I am currently back in the diverse Holmes County, Ohio settlement. With all the variety among the Amish, I have often wondered if certain affiliations, (ie Swartzentruber or Andy Weaver) have youth that tend to ‘go more heavy’ during Rumspringa, or if it’s more a factor of the church district/youth group they belong to, or none of those things.

    Affiliation must matter some, as I know the so-called New Order Amish come out strong against bundling, alcohol and tobacco, for example, tending to promote a cleaner lifestyle among themselves and their youth.

    I wonder if you came across any evidence of affiliation-wide tendencies during your research?

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    Yvonne
    Comment on Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish (December 14th, 2009 at 15:13)

    I have been told that “true” Amish do not follow the behaviors of menonites, ie Rumspring., yet they refer to themselves as Amish but they are not.Please respond.

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