6 responses to Indiana Amish occupations
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    Helen Parnell-Berry
    Comment on Indiana Amish occupations (July 10th, 2008 at 13:20)

    Looks like “Amish Enterprise” will be another book to add to the growing “Parnell-Berry Amish Library”. It’s quite interesting how the Amish are really entrepreneurial. However, doesn’t this contradict with their beliefs or is that just me being daft?

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    Comment on Indiana Amish occupations (July 10th, 2008 at 15:50)

    I see a lot of the amish around these parts being involved in construction work. In this immediate area though they keep to themselves so much I don’t know what they do!

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    Comment on Indiana Amish occupations (July 11th, 2008 at 14:31)

    How do you get these directories?

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    Comment on Do Amish restrict business ownership? (July 12th, 2008 at 04:23)

    Do Amish restrict business ownership?

    Helen I’d recommend it as it is a very well-written and researched, interesting look at the phenomenon. And don’t worry at all about being daft with your question, generally there is no stricture against the idea of running a business and in many areas it is seen as a quite favorable alternative to farming, one that allows the father to stay at home with the family, just like with farming, yet doesn’t necessarily require the heavy investment that a farm has nowadays become in a number of Amish-populated areas. Churches will have for example certain restrictions on what can and can’t be done, ie from a technological standpoint, and the choice of occupation is relatively limited due to the fact that the Amish stop school at the 8th grade. Though the Amish community support each other through mutual aid, they are still a very capitalistic people.

    Marc, you can pick these up usually at dry-goods stores in Amish areas, and some can be ordered from Raber’s book store, there is a catalog in the Calender/Almanac.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish occupations (April 19th, 2011 at 10:15)

    Therapists? Like a shrink, or is this term used different amongst the Amish?

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    Comment on Amish therapists (April 19th, 2011 at 13:48)

    Amish therapists

    Lindsay, probably physical therapy. Could be some podiatry or chiropractor-type work.

    There is at least one health store with vitamins and supplements in the nearby community of Nappanee. The owner I believe does some podiatric work. You do see the health stores in a lot of Amish communities.

    There have also been at least one or two less-legitimate health businesses, such as Amish ‘dentists’, one was in the news a while back.


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