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Amish may be good Neighbors, but not their horses

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  1. Event summary
  2. Theoretical concept
  3. People in the same status group
  4. Ethnic groups
  5. The interactions between ethnicities and other status groups
  6. Theoretical re-definition and explanation of the event
  7. Analysis of the evidence
  8. English's control and influence over public roads
  9. Conclusion
  10. Other theoretical approaches
  11. References

-English pop in small town of Loyal, WI, take issue with Amish's effects on road: presence on high-traffic roads, manure on roads and hitching posts
-issue resurfacing after 3yr old agreement: no city requirement of diapers in exchange for Amish cleanups and nonuse of major roads
-Amish important to town for business in banks and stores; previously boycotted when ?offended by tone of debate?

[...] The clear distinctions between these groups not only demonstrate that they are two separate status groups, but additionally that the Amish are their own ethnic status group. In these two groups' conflict, we can see that both sides are either using or threatening social closure against one another. Analysis of the Evidence As the article says, debate shows fissures in the seemingly cordial relations between the Amish and the English,? and there is indeed strong evidence that although they live in the same area and use some of the same economic resources, they are two separate status groups. [...]

[...] While Weber says there may be some hierarchy in a status group, this does not contradict the basic level of mutual respect that members have for one another. Also, it is important to note that members of the same status group typically form communities and consciously recognize one another as people with common interests and values. In this way, Weber writes that status groups are created ?subjectively,? by judgment of the people within the group. Because of this group consciousness and consequent role in individual members' identities, Weber adds that status groups are the type of group that most easily does collective action. [...]

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