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An Unreal Estate: Sustainability and Freedom in an Evolving Community

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In An Unreal Estate, Lucinda Carspecken takes an in-depth look at Lothlorien, a Southern Indiana nature sanctuary, sustainable camping ground, festival site, collective residence, and experiment in ecological building, stewardship, and organization. Carspecken notes the way fiction and reality intertwine on this piece of land and argues that examples such as Lothlorien have the power to be a force for social change. Lothlorien's organization and social norms are in sharp contrast with its surrounding communities. As a unique enclave within a larger society, it offers to the latter both an implicit critique and a cluster of alternative values and lifestyles. In addition, it has created a niche where some participants change, grow, and find empowerment in an environment that is accepting of difference--particularly in areas of religion and sexual orientation.

About the Author

Lucinda Carspecken is Adjunct Professor in Qualitative Research Methods and Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

A Note on Names

1. "That Dose of Unreality": An Introduction to Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary

2. "Dream Flowers": Fiction and Utopian Imagination in Neo-Paganism and Alternative Communities

3. Faerie and Avalon: Reimagining Nature

4. "A Loose-Knit Anarchy": Reimagining Organization

5. "The Land of Misfit Toys": Reimagining Community and Freedom

6. "Something Mystical and Fine": Reimagining Ritual and Spiritual Experience

7. "A Gypsy Community": Cycling, Learning, and Moving On

8. "A Spontaneous Social Experiment"

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253223494
Author:
Carspecken, Lucinda
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Cultural Studies; History; Religion; Social and Cultural Theory
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
Sustainability and F
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 bandw illus.
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.9 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Communes

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