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Living in Utopia
Living in Utopia
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Living in Utopia

New Zealand's Intentional Communities
Lucy Sargisson, Lyman Tower Sargent
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Living in Utopia

New Zealand's Intentional Communities
Lucy Sargisson, Lyman Tower Sargent
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Utopia is, literally, the good place that is no place. Utopias reveal people's dreams and desires and they may gesture towards different and better ways of being. But they are rarely considered as physical, observable phenomena. In this book Sargisson and Sargent, both established writers on utopian theory, turn their attention to real-life utopian communities. The book is based on their fieldwork and extensive archival research in New Zealand, a country with a special place in the history of utopianism. A land of opportunity for settlers with dreams of a better life, New Zealand has, per capita, more intentional communities - groups of people who have chosen to live and sometimes work together for a common purpose - than any country in the world. Sargisson and Sargent draw on the experiences of more than fifty such communities, to offer the first academic survey of this form of living utopian experiment. In telling the story of the New Zealand experience, Living in Utopia provides both transferable lessons in community, cooperation and social change and a unique insight into the utopianism at the heart of politics, society, and everyday life.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2017
ISBN
9781351921763
Topic
Social Sciences
Subtopic
Rural Sociology
Edition
1

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