This essay is going to look at the families in the Amish Society and British Modern Day Society. The essay will demonstrate understanding of their cultures, values, norms and inequalities.
The Amish society first originated in 1962 in Europe and the first Amish arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1730’s to escape persecution in Europe.The Amish church started as a breakaway from the Annabaptists (adult baptizers) in Switzerland in 1693, led by Jakob Ammann. Frater, J. (2012) According to BBC Religions (2009) the Amish believe that the community is at the heart of their life and faith, and that the way to salvation is to live as a loving community apart from the world. Individualism is avoided.
The Amish have very strong religious values in their culture, part of their daily routine is to “pray up to seven times in one day, the first pray time being at around 3.30 in a morning”. (Living with the Amish, 2012) As a result of their devout beliefs they do not use electric, mobile phones or internet that would keep them in touch with the modern world. They do make allowances and some to use technology in the workplaces.
The Amish society believes in monogamy and forbid divorce, If one partner initiates divorce they may be excommunicateed. The spouse and children are allowed to remain Amish however the spouse may not remarry until the previous partner dies. Hurst, C. (2010) Overall the Amish family structures are still very much of a nuclear one. There is no marriage outside of their society. Very unlike the British modern day society, where marriage has now moved forward, it’s primary function is no longer to legitimize the children born to couples who are cohabitating, A contraceptive revolution now allows cohabitation and marriage without having children. Some 20% of women today in British modern day society choose voluntary childlessness. Hakim, C. (2004) British modern day society does largely have nuclear families, although now family groups are more...