Communes in America, 1975-2000

Author:   Timothy Miller
Publisher:   Syracuse University Press
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Pages:   264
Publication Date:   28 February 2019
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Communes in America: 1975-2000 is the final volume in Miller's trilogy on the history of American intentional communities. Providing a comprehensive survey of communities during the last quarter of the twentieth century, Miller offers a detailed study of their character, scope, and evolution. Between 1975 and 2000, the American communal experience evolved dramatically in response to social and environmental challenges that confronted American society as a whole. Long-accepted social norms and institutions-family, religion, medicine, and politics-were questioned as the divorce rate increased, interest in spiritual teachings from Asia grew, and alternative medicine gained ground. Cohousing flourished as a response to an increasing sense of alienation and a need to balance community and private lives. At the same time, Americans became increasingly concerned with environmental protection and preservation of our limited resources. In the face of these social changes, communal living flourished as people sought out communities of like-minded individuals to pursue a higher purpose. Organized topically, each chapter in the volume provides basic information about various types of communities and detailed examples of each type, from ecovillages and radical Christian communities to pagan communes and cohousing experiments. Miller also takes a step back to look at the prevalence of communal living in American life over the twentieth century. Based on exhaustive research, Miller's final volume provides an indispensable survey and guide to understanding utopianism's enduring presence in American culture.

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Author:   Timothy Miller
Publisher:   Syracuse University Press
Imprint:   Syracuse University Press
ISBN:  

9780815636489


ISBN 10:   0815636482
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   28 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Miller is essential reading for any scholar embarking upon a project involving intentional communities.--Northeast Popular Culture Association The completion of Miller's three-volume series on American intentional communities of the twentieth century is an invaluable contribution to communal and utopian studies. His final volume opens the first scholarly window on the vast array of new American communal ventures from 1975 to 2000. The result is an intimate and insightful, engaging and encyclopedic view.--Donald E. Pitzer, Director Emeritus of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana The extent of Miller's knowledge is dazzling: no other scholar could have even attempted such a book, much less realized the vision so completely. Miller provides the definitive map of late twentieth-century communalism, and documents the myriad ways that 1960s idealism has continued to flourish and evolve in communities across the United States.--Dan McKanan, Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School Tim Miller's look at communal groups that emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century contributes greatly to our understanding of the significance of utopian movements in the United States. Building upon the foundations laid in the first two volumes of this series, Miller extends our understanding of intentional communities beyond that of hippies and Hutterites. Although proponents of communitarianism are few, their influence and impact run deep, as this remarkable volume demonstrates.--Rebecca Moore, author of Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple Miller's book is full of interesting information presented in an engaging style.--Communities Magazine


The completion of Miller's three-volume series on American intentional communities of the twentieth century is an invaluable contribution to communal and utopian studies. His final volume opens the first scholarly window on the vast array of new American communal ventures from 1975 to 2000. The result is an intimate and insightful, engaging and encyclopedic view.--Donald E. Pitzer Director Emeritus of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana Tim Miller's look at communal groups that emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century contributes greatly to our understanding of the significance of utopian movements in the United States. Building upon the foundations laid in the first two volumes of this series, Miller extends our understanding of intentional communities beyond that of hippies and Hutterites. Although proponents of communitarianism are few, their influence and impact run deep, as this remarkable volume demonstrates.--Rebecca Moore author of Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple The extent of Miller's knowledge is dazzling: no other scholar could have even attempted such a book, much less realized the vision so completely. Miller provides the definitive map of late twentieth-century communalism, and documents the myriad ways that 1960s idealism has continued to flourish and evolve in communities across the United States. --Dan McKanan Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School


Tim Miller's look at communal groups that emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century contributes greatly to our understanding of the significance of utopian movements in the United States. Building upon the foundations laid in the first two volumes of this series, Miller extends our understanding of intentional communities beyond that of hippies and Hutterites. Although proponents of communitarianism are few, their influence and impact run deep, as this remarkable volume demonstrates.--Rebecca Moore author of Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple The completion of Miller's three-volume series on American intentional communities of the twentieth century is an invaluable contribution to communal and utopian studies. His final volume opens the first scholarly window on the vast array of new American communal ventures from 1975 to 2000. The result is an intimate and insightful, engaging and encyclopedic view.--Donald E. Pitzer Director Emeritus of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana The extent of Miller's knowledge is dazzling: no other scholar could have even attempted such a book, much less realized the vision so completely. Miller provides the definitive map of late twentieth-century communalism, and documents the myriad ways that 1960s idealism has continued to flourish and evolve in communities across the United States. --Dan McKanan Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School


Miller has produced a well-organized and well-written book.--Reading Religion Miller is essential reading for any scholar embarking upon a project involving intentional communities.--Northeast Popular Culture Association The completion of Miller's three-volume series on American intentional communities of the twentieth century is an invaluable contribution to communal and utopian studies. His final volume opens the first scholarly window on the vast array of new American communal ventures from 1975 to 2000. The result is an intimate and insightful, engaging and encyclopedic view.--Donald E. Pitzer, Director Emeritus of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana The extent of Miller's knowledge is dazzling: no other scholar could have even attempted such a book, much less realized the vision so completely. Miller provides the definitive map of late twentieth-century communalism, and documents the myriad ways that 1960s idealism has continued to flourish and evolve in communities across the United States.--Dan McKanan, Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School Tim Miller's look at communal groups that emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century contributes greatly to our understanding of the significance of utopian movements in the United States. Building upon the foundations laid in the first two volumes of this series, Miller extends our understanding of intentional communities beyond that of hippies and Hutterites. Although proponents of communitarianism are few, their influence and impact run deep, as this remarkable volume demonstrates.--Rebecca Moore, author of Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple Miller's book is full of interesting information presented in an engaging style.--Communities Magazine


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Timothy Miller is professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous books, including The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America: 1900-1960 and The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond.

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