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  1. says:

    A well written and expertly researched look about three Amish country communities in Ohio that lead to larger reflections on the entire movement of Amish tourism I will be writing a review of this new publication for Brethren Life and Thought and expand on my thoughts for that review


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    In this close study of tourists’ interest in Amish Americans Susan L Trollinger explains the appeal of these “plain folks” Amish Country tourism according to Trollinger mediates visitors’ experiences of what they understand as “Amish” At the same time Amish people themselves by being “conspicuously visible” contribute to what Trollinger calls the “visible rhetoric” that generates the perceived gulf of cultural difference between the Amish people and the non Amish tourists who seek the aesthetic pleasures of Amish culture What these tourists mainly seek Trollinger notes is their own consumer culture; in short they incorporate their perceptions of the Amish into their own consumerist worldview Tourists shop but their voracious appetites for all things Amish including many items with only a tenuous relation to actual Amish culture produce an existential meaningfulness of their own selvesI appreciate Trollinger’s analysis of Amish Country tourism especially her use of semiotics to “read” the visible rhetoric in Amish tourist towns Her book contributes useful approaches for understanding the meaningfulness of touristic practices


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Selling the Amish [PDF / EPUB] Selling the Amish More than 19 million tourists flock to Amish Country each year drawn by the opportunity to glimpse a better time and the uaint beauty of picturesue farmland and handcrafted uilts What they may find ho More than million tourists flock to Amish Country each year drawn by the opportunity to glimpse a better time and the uaint beauty of picturesue farmland and handcrafted uilts What they may find however are elaborately Selling the eBook Þ themed town centers outlet malls or even a water park Susan L Trollinger explores this puzzling incongruity showing that Amish tourism is anything but plain and simple Selling the Amish takes readers on a virtual tour of three such tourist destinations in Ohio’s Amish Country the world’s largest Amish settlement Trollinger examines the visual rhetoric of these uniuely themed places—their architecture interior decor even their merchandise and souvenirs—and explains how these features create a setting and a story that brings tourists back year after yearThis compelling story is Trollinger argues in part legitimized by the Amish themselves To Americans faced with anxieties about modern life being near the Amish way of life is comforting The Amish seem to have escaped the rush of contemporary life the confusion of gender relations and the loss of ethnic heritage While the Amish way supports the idealized experience of these tourist destinations it also raises powerful uestions Tourists may want a life uncomplicated by technology but would they be willing to drive around in horse drawn buggies in order to achieve itTrollinger's answers to important uestions in her fascinating study of Amish Country tourism are sure to challenge readers’ understanding of this surprising cultural phenomenon.

  • Hardcover
  • 193 pages
  • Selling the Amish
  • Susan L. Trollinger
  • English
  • 12 June 2016
  • 9781421404196