Ethnographic Research Hutterite Colonies

Dr. Suzanne Smith has been doing ethnographic research on a communal, religious Anabaptist group called the Hutterites for the last decade. The Hutterites believe in four basic principles: 1) baptizing babies is not biblical, 2) the Bible requires the separation of church and state, 3) a Christian should not wield the sword, and 4) a community of goods.  Research projects have included the role of never married women on colonies, the role of discipline in child rearing, and the influence of the “outside world” on colony life.  Suzanne spends several weeks each year living and working on colonies while also conducting research.