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Diaspora in the Countryside: Two Mennonite Communities and Mid-Twentieth-Century Rural Disjuncture (Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial)

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From the 1930s to the 1980s, the North American countryside faced a profound cultural transformation as rural society became fragmented and dispersed. Nowhere was this more true than among close-knit, ethnoreligious communities such as the Mennonites. Farm families were required to accept new levels of automation and science, while those unwilling or unable to make these changes migrated to nearby towns or regional cities. Some escaped the transformation in new isolated rural places. These relocations and the cultural reformulation that resulted saw the emergence of an extraordinary diaspora of rural people.

 

In Diaspora in the Countryside, Royden Loewen examines the phenomenon of rural fragmentation by contrasting two closely related but geographically distant Low German Mennonite communities in Kansas and Manitoba. He systematically compares their responses to the "Great Disjuncture," as well as the changes undergone by their farm families versus those of their kin in the nearby towns and the cities of Denver and Winnipeg, and a conservative group that moved to rural British Honduras.

About the Author

Royden Loewen is a professor in the Department of History and chair of Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Hidden Worlds: The Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s and other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252074257
Author:
Loewen, Royden
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Loewen, Royden K.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Mennonites - Manitoba - Hanover -
Subject:
Mennonites - Kansas - Meade County -
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Christianity - Mennonite
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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