Some communities exist for tens, even hundreds, of years. Others short-lived. What, then, makes for communal 'success'? Bary Shenker, who lived on a Kibbutz for a number of years, compares the Hutterites, the Kibbutzim and therapeutic communities - and argues that there is no simple formula. Through historical and sociological analysis, combined with personal experience and insight, the author provides fresh thoughts on a form of a social life which fascinates us all. First published in 1986.
Part A 1. The study of intentional communities 2. A theory of alienation 3. A theory of idoelogy Part B 4. Origins and developement 5. Ideology 6. Ideology, structure and change 7. Socialization 8. The individual 9. Deviance and conformity 10. Exclusive relations Part C 11. Summary and conclusions: the nature and persistance of intentional communities