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Author Smith, William L., 1956-

Title Families and communes : an examination of nontraditional lifestyles / William L. Smith
Published Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, [1999]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 161 pages) : illustrations
Series Understanding families
Understanding families.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction -- 2. Communes: Conceptual, Definitional, Theoretical, and Typological Issues -- 3. Families in Historic Communal Utopias: Part 1 -- 4. Families in Historic Communal Utopias: Part 2 -- 5. Urban and Rural Communes of the 1960s and 1970s -- 6. Urban and Rural Communes of the 1980s and 1990s -- 7. What Have We Learned About Families and Communities?
Summary "What is life like in contemporary American communes? How do families fit into communal life? What are communal families, and what impact do families have on how communes are run and how they develop? As the only contemporary exploration of communal families, this book investigates the assumptions that scholars, and others, have made regarding the status of the family within communes, and debunks current myths about communes and communal families. Drawing on the history of communes in the United States, Smith discusses various communal groups, such as the Shakers, the Mormons, the Oneida Community, the Amana Colonies, as well as contemporary rural and urban communal groups such as Twin Oaks, Jesus People USA, and the Hutterites."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-147) and indexes
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Alternative lifestyles -- United States -- History.
Collective settlements -- United States -- History.
Communal living -- United States -- History.
Families -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1452233993 (ebook)
1452263736 (electronic bk.)
9781452233994 (ebook)
9781452263731 (electronic bk.)
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