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By Blasi, J., Anthony J. Blasi

First ever number of histories of yankee sociology of faith, together with bills of early dissertations alterations in conception, and experiences of denominations, globalization, feminism, new religions and Latino/a American faith.

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The Old Mennonites established Hesston College, which was conservative not only in religious doctrine but had a dress code and prohibited music. Beyond schools, there were teachers associations, religious newspapers and publishing houses, and general newspapers. Chapter nine identiÀes peculiar Mennonite social customs and attitudes. There was intrachurch socializing. Families were patriarchal. The American pattern of courtship was replacing arranged marriage. Small formal weddings, in the American pattern, were replacing large communal celebrations of weddings.

In this perspective shared cultural values are reÁected in the norms governing people’s actions as they perform their social roles in various institutional settings. Religion plays a major role in deÀning and reinforcing dominant values as well as promoting social integration and solidarity. Moreover, the differentiation of religion from other institutions enhances its ability in modern society to perform its specialized functions. Differentiation provides a degree of structural independence whereby religious organizations and leaders are able to focus on their speciÀc religious domain as they seek to reinforce and increase the inÁuence of religious values in society.

Bossard, University of Pennsylvania, 19186 This dissertation begins with a social and economic history of Allentown, a community that began as a Pennsylvania German village and grew into an industrial city, drawing most of its population from the Pennsylvania Germans of the countryside and, after 1890, from turnof-the-century European immigration. It then provides the religious history, describing the German Pietists as companions of William Penn’s Quakers. Once a German-speaking settlement had been established, congregations of a number of ethnic German denominations were organized, including ones of historically German denominations holding services in English.

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