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Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective

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What makes some communes work, while others fail? Why is it so difficult to put utopian ideals into practice? Rosabeth Kanter offers a unique analysis of the nature and process of enduring commitment, basing her theory of commitment mechanisms on exhaustive research of nineteenth-century utopias, sharpened by first-hand knowledge of a variety of contemporary groups. The book moves in a lively fashion from Oneida, Brook Farm, and the Shakers to present-day phenomena such as rural communes and Synanon.

Synopsis:

Rosabeth Kanter offers a unique analysis of the nature and process of enduring commitment, basing her theory of commitment mechanisms on exhaustive research of nineteenth-century utopias, sharpened by first-hand knowledge of a variety of contemporary groups.

About the Author

Rosabeth Moss Kanter is Professor of Sociology and of Organization and Management, Yale University.

Table of Contents

    Part One: The Utopian Faith

  1. A Refuge and a Hope
  2. Society's Maternal Bed: Idealizations of Communal Life
  3. Part Two: Lessons of the Past

  4. Commitment: The Problem and the Theory
  5. Live in Love and Union: Commitment Mechanisms in Nineteenth Century Communes
  6. The Comforts of Commitment: Issues in Group Life
  7. Away from Community
  8. Part Three: Problems of Today

  9. Retreat from Utopia 8 They Also Serve: Communes with Missions
  10. The Limits of Utopia
  • Appendix. Sample and Methodology for Study of Nineteenth Century Communes
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674145764
Author:
Kanter, Rosabeth Moss
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Kanter, Rosabeth Moss
Author:
Kanter, Professor Rosabeth Moss
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
History, Modern -- 19th century.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19720101
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 14 oz

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