Mennonites in the Global Village / Leo Driedger.
- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 
1 online resource
- Mass media -- Influence.
Mennonites -- Canada.
Mennonites -- United States.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Before the 1940s, ninety per cent of Mennonites in North America lived on farms. Fifty years later, less than ten per cent of Mennonites continue to farm and more than a quarter of the population - the largest demographic block - are professionals. Mennonite teenagers are forced to contend with a broader definition of community, as parochial education systems are restructured to compete in a new marketplace. Women are adopting leadership roles alongside men. Many Mennonites have embraced modernity.Leo Driedger explores the impact of professionalism and individualism on Mennonite communities, cultures, families, and religion, particularly in light of the scholarly work of futurists Alvin and Heidi Tofler, which has described the shift from a homogeneous industrial society to a diversified electronic society. Driedger contends that Mennonites are in a unique position in meeting the electronic challenge, having entered modern society relatively recently. He traces trends in Mennonite life by reviewing such issues as the shift from farming to professionalism, the role of mass media, the role of active leadership, and increased social interaction. Menonites face many of the other challenges that religious minorities in North America encounter in the move to modernity, and this study provides in-depth insights into this transition.
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1. The Global Challenge
Part I: The Information Revolution
2. Emerging Mennonite Urban Professionals
3. Individualism Shaping Community
Part II: Symbolic Extensions and Challenges
4. Cultural Changes in the Sacred Village
5. Media Shifts towards the Global Village
6. The Politics of Homemaking and Career
Part III: Reconstruction for Post-Modern Diversity
7. Teens Growing Roots and Wings
8. Blending Educational Monastery and Marketplace
9. The Emergence of Women as New Leaders
10. Peacemaking as Ultimate Extension
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.3138/9781442677234 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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