Common Purse, Uncommon Future

Common Purse, Uncommon Future: The Long, Strange Trip of Communes and Other Intentional Communities by Joseph C. Manzella

HX 653 .M12 2010

“Acrosanti.  Christiania.  Earthaven.  Findhorn.  For the uninitiated, the names of modern-day intentional communities may conjure images of science fiction fantasy worlds.  In reality, these modern interpretations of communal living are increasingly appealing and practical for a growing number of individuals who are seeking a different way of life.

Common Purse, Uncommon Future: The Long, Strange Trip of Communes and Other Intentional Communities explores the many new types of communal living being tried in North America and Europe today.  A growing number of people disenchanted with the pressures and demands of mainstream lifestyles are drawn by the nostalgic appeal of traditional, mostly agrarian and artisanal, lifestyles as practiced in residential communities where liminal rituals of membership serve to validate pacts to live and work together in cooperative social and economic relations.

Manzella focuses on the ways in which today’s most innovative and controversial ecovillages diverge from the hippie communes of yesteryear’s counterculture and from older communal forms such as kibbutzim and arts and crafts colonies, and how today’s nonsectarian spiritual and volunteer service communities differ from traditional religious communes and ashrams.  He reports on his field investigations of a whole new generation of communal living experiments, such as eco-spiritual communities, suburban co-housing, green housing cooperatives, and New Age organic agrarian communes.” – publisher description

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