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Living in utopia : New Zealand's intentional communities

Author: Lucy Sargisson; Lyman Tower Sargent
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate Pub., 2004.
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"In this book Sargisson and Sargent, both established writers on utopian theory, turn their attention to real-life utopian communities. The book is based on their fieldwork and extensive archival research in New Zealand, a country with a special place in the history of utopianism. A land of opportunity for settlers with dreams of a better life, New Zealand has, per capita, more intentional communities - groups of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Sargisson; Lyman Tower Sargent
ISBN: 0754642240 9780754642244
OCLC Number: 55036890
Notes: "New Zealand has, per capita, more intentional communities - groups of people who have chosen to live and sometimes work together for a common purpose - than any country in the world. Sargisson and Sargent draw on the experiences of more than fifty such communities"--Back cover.
Description: xv, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: What to call these communities. Past scholarship. What is an intentional community? --
New Zealand. Utopianism and/of the colonised. The problem of Māori communalism --
Contexts : New Zealand as a utopia. Colonisation. The official settlement utopia. The environment. The economy. Tourism in paradise. Land politics. Conclusion : from colonisation to intentional community --
The early days : the nineteenth century. Special settlements. Independent settlements. Proposals. State farms. The Clarionites. Alexander Bickerton and the Federative Home or Wainoni. Havelock North: Havelock Work and Radiant Living --
The twentieth century : Beeville, James K. Baxter and the Ohu movement. Beeville. James K. Baxter and Jerusalem. The Ohu movement --
Religious and spiritual communities. Contemplative religious communities. Bodhinyanarama Buddhist Monastery. Carmelite Monastery, Christchurch. Community of the Sacred Name. Contemplative religious communities: discussion. Religious communities of social change. Motukarara Christian Retreat. Sisters of Compassion (Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion). The Friends' Settlement/Quaker Acres. Sisters of Mercy. Religious communities of social change: discussion. Spiritual communities for personal growth. Centrepoint. Titoki Healing Centre. Religious communities of personal growth: discussion. Gloriavale --
Cooperative lifestyles. Cooperative ownership. Pursuit of a cooperative lifestyle. Beachcomber/Freebird. Chippenham Community. Mansfield. Creekside. Katajuta. Peterborough Street. Co-housing. Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood. Feminist communities. Earthspirit. Educational communities. Te Ora. Timatanga. Anarchist communities. Graham Downs (aka Renaissance). Cooperation and peace. Riverside. Conclusion : cooperative lifestyles --
Environmentalist communities. Background influences. New Zealand's green communities. 1970s rural communes : the older generation. Karuna Falls. Moehau. Communal organic farms. Gricklegrass. Wilderland. Green spiritual communities. Anahata Retreat Centre. Gentle World. Tui Community. Eco-villages. Anahata. Otamatea Ecovillage. Conclusion : green communities in New Zealand --
Conflict and longevity. Conflict and intentional communities. Theorising conflict. Conflict as dangerous. Conflict as desirable or socially useful. Conflict in New Zealand's intentional communities. Three kinds of conflict. Conflicts of principles. Domestic conflict. Conflict over relationships. Surviving conflict. Conclusion : what have we learned? Lasting lessons from New Zealand. Lasting lessons for studying utopia. Good place or no place? Communitarianism and utopianism. Lasting lessons for studying intentional communities. Concerning generalisations. Classifying communities. Measuring success. Concerning homogeneity. Lasting lessons for living together. Decisions need to be legitimate as well as mutually binding. Regarding change. Children. Balancing needs : people who live in intentional communities. Need to learn how to balance their own needs with those of the group. Sustainability. Intentional communities need to be sustainable. Social sustainability. The need for support. Final words. Appendix I. Katajuta community agreements. Appendix II. Recognised forms of land ownership in New Zealand.
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