“No Sunday Business”: Navigating Religious Rules and Business Opportunities in the Shipyard Mennonite Settlement, Belize

  • “No Sunday Business”: Navigating Religious Rules and Business Opportunities in the Shipyard Mennonite Settlement, Belize

by Carel Roessingh and Daniëlle Bovenberg

 

Abstract 

Within the Old Colony Mennonite settlements of Belize, the relationship between religious and economic practices entails a constant navigation of the acceptable, where threats of worldliness come from technology and from contact with outsiders. This paper takes as its focus the business of a butcher in Shipyard settlement, whose daily work testifies to a navigation of both of these potential threats. This entrepreneur uses technologies of energy, transportation, and communication—operated in part by an outside worker—to extend the radius of his meat business. The tense environment of Shipyard’s religious diversity frames our discussion of these observations, leading us to reconsider our understanding of the Ordnung and its relation to business activity. To understand the entrepreneur’s skillful navigation of rules and opportunities, we use the term “social capital” (Bourdieu 1986; Portes 2010) to reflect on the paradoxical relationship between religious rules and entrepreneurial space—and to consider how the Ordnung can be seen as a spacious (rather than a constrictive) place for Mennonite entrepreneurs.

 

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Keywords: Belize; Old Colony Mennonites; Entrepreneurship; Technology; Business; Social capital

 

Suggested APA reference: Roessing, C., & Bovenberg, D. (2019). No Sunday Business’: Navigating Religious Rules and Business Opportunities in the Shipyard Mennonite Settlement, Belize. Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies4(2), 133-148.

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