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Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective
     

Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective

by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
 

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

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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.

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Lewis Coser
A magnificent book.
Harvey Cox
The strength of his book is in its imaginative concept, original insight and historical competence...will certainly be widely read and hotly discussed.

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ISBN-13:
9780674145757
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1972
Pages:
318

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

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