This book consists of papers presented at two symposia at AAAS Annual meetings. It enables us to evaluate the new groups and techniques in comparison with other phenomena in the society and with rituals in other societies and times, clearly placing them in the history of ideas.
Introduction 1. Passage to Community: Encounter in Evolutionary Perspective 2. Destructive Gemeinschaft 3. Encounter Groups and Humanistic Psychology 4. Encounter Groups: Some Empirical Issues, Explanations, and Values 5. Communes, Encounter Groups, and the Search for Community 6. Sensitivity Training: Dilemmas in Paradise 7. "I have always depended on the kindness Index of strangers"