Justifiable Fisticuffs (nodoubtgrrlie) wrote in a_religion,
Justifiable Fisticuffs


Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm an anthropology student who is gearing up to do her undergraduate thesis. My research topic is prenatal healthcare and birth, and I'll be studying this in a rural Mennonite community. The problem is I don't really know anything about the Mennonite religion, beliefs, traditions, etc. I know that there are Mennonites who are more conservative than others, but I'm not sure what the people I will be working with are like.

So I'm hoping that someone here will have a recommendation of any fair and balanced sources on the religion so I can read up and build my bibliography. Academic books and articles would be preferred, but websites and popular press books would also be very helpful!

Thanks everyone
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Traditional male/female rolls. They can get as hardcore as amish, depending on how conservative they are. My mother went to a mennonite church (as did I, when I was a child) and she said the worst thing was the gossip.
Listen for gossip, it will probably be all over. I'm pretty sure that won't help you.
But as far as I know, they're regular people with a conservative viewpoint on issues.
The church I went to was not too involved, so I don't think you'll really have to worry much about knowing their religion and traditions.
There is, however, another establishment nearby where the children are mostly homeschooled and in a small community. I think it'd be a crappy life.

I seem to have rambled on about nothing that could possibly help you in your search at all, but hey, it's just a 'comment' so that's what I did.