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By William Lawrence Smith

This ebook focuses particularly at the function of the family members in communal lifestyles. Communal teams are one kind of nontraditional households, a few communes are predisposed to households whereas others are usually not and a few communal households might be replacements or substitutes for nuclear households. ancient communal teams akin to Shakers, Oneida, Amana, and the Mormons are investigated as are modern rural and concrete communal teams corresponding to dual Oaks, Jesus humans united states, and the Hutterites.

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Utopian communities rely very strongly on communion mechanisms to meet their goals, while apocalyptic warring sects are charismatic communities and apocalyptic otherworldly sects withdraw from society and focus on the sacred. Ecstatic associations use meditation to help them construct a reality which is above the mundane aspects of everyday life. A much less complicated typology was developed by Miller (1990, p. xx), who found the most efficient way to classify communes was to identify them as either religious or secular, which he did for the time period from 1860 to 1960.

Service communes are intentional communities created with specific goals in mind. They tend to have very strong boundaries which contribute to the group's ability to build a strong communal identity. Although I find explanatory value in all of these typologies, Zablocki's typology is extremely useful for explaining the variation among the various communal living settings. Reflect back a moment to the beginning of this chapter, where we discussed the various terms used to describe communal living settings.

Although, it needs to be noted, there are modern communitarian Utopias that also reject these three traits. In response to the question of whether or not communal societies are Utopian, Pitzer (1984a, p. " There is a connection between utopianism and communitarianism, according to Sargent (1994, p. 13), and groups based on B. F. Skinner's book Walden Two, such as Twin Oaks of Louisa, Virginia, who have incorporated Utopian ideas into their design and everyday life, are examples of Utopian and communitarian groups.

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