Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective

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Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1972 - Literary Criticism - 303 pages
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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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Contents

A Refuge and a Hope
1
Idealizations of Communal Life
32
The Problem and the Theory
61
Commitment Mechanisms
75
Issues in Group Life
126
Away from Community
139
Retreat from Utopia
165
Communes with Missions
191
The Limits of Utopia
213
Appendix Sample and Methodology for Study
241
Bibliography
270
Notes
287
Index
299
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Rosabeth Moss Kanter (born 1943) is a tenured professor in business at Harvard Business School, where she holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship. In the 2007-2008 Academic school year, she taught a course to MBA students entitled Managing Change. A 1967 Ph.D graduate of the University of Michigan, she has written numerous books on business management techniques, particularly change management. She also has a regular column in the Miami Herald. She was #11 in a 2000s survey of Top 50 Business Intellectuals by citation in several sources.

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