Title

Understanding Intentional Communities

Date

5-30-2013 8:45 AM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Peter Callero

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively, creating a lifestyle that reflects shared core values and ideals usually arising from something its members see as lacking within the wider society. Little sociological investigation has been completed on the topic of current intentional communities and their relation to those of the past. This research provides an ethnographic description of an intentional community near Eugene, Oregon, specifically documenting their history, concepts of formation and structure, as well as conflict resolution. Findings illustrate the complicated dynamics of living within a transitional community.

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May 30th, 8:45 AM

Understanding Intentional Communities

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively, creating a lifestyle that reflects shared core values and ideals usually arising from something its members see as lacking within the wider society. Little sociological investigation has been completed on the topic of current intentional communities and their relation to those of the past. This research provides an ethnographic description of an intentional community near Eugene, Oregon, specifically documenting their history, concepts of formation and structure, as well as conflict resolution. Findings illustrate the complicated dynamics of living within a transitional community.