Sociologist Donald B. Kraybill unpacks social advantage as who gets to tell their story in a society. One of the foremost experts on the Amish, Kraybill helps us think through what this community teaches us about how power and privilege work.

Interview by Richard Newton

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality (Anchor Books, 1966).

Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (Beacon Press, 1968; 2010).

Donald B. Kraybill et al., Amish Forgiveness: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Leslie Dorrough Smith, “Good Guys With Guns,” Culture on the Edge, October 5, 2015.

Jonathan Z. Smith, “Sacred Persistence: Toward a Redescription of Canon,” Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown (University of Chicago Press, 1982).

Ann B. Taves, Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and other Special Things (Princeton University Press, 2009).

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