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The Communal Experience : Anarchist and Mystical Communities in Twentieth-century America - Laurence R. Veysey

The Communal Experience

Anarchist and Mystical Communities in Twentieth-century America

Paperback Published: 1st January 1978
ISBN: 9780226854588
Number Of Pages: 512

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The original impulse for groups to separate from society and establish communities of their own was religious. Though the religious side of this drive toward separation remains strong, the last two centuries have seen the appearance of secular communities with a socialist or anarchist orientation. In "The Communal Experience," nominated for a National Book Award in 1973, Laurence Veysey explores the close resemblances between the secular and religious forms of cultural radicalism through intensive observation of four little-known communities.
Veysey compares the history of secular communities such as the early Ferrer Colony and Modern School, of Shelton, New Jersey, with contemporary anarchist communities in New York, Vermont, and New Mexico. Religious communes--"Communities of Discipline"--such as the Vedanta monasteries of the early twentieth century are compared with contemporary mystical communities in New Mexico. Distinctions between the anarchist and the mystical groups are most obvious from their approach to communal life. As Veysey shows, anarchist communities are loose, unstructured, voluntaristic; the mystics establish more rigid life-styles, focus on spiritual leaders, and hold community a secondary goal to self-realization. In a new preface written for this Phoenix Edition, he describes his return to a New Mexican mystical community and the changes that have occurred in the six years since his last visit.

Preface to the Phoenix Edition
In Search of a Counter-Cultural Tradition
Anarchistic Communities
The Ferrer Colony and Modern School of Stelton, New Jersey The Ferrer Center and the Immigrant Life of New York Why Native Americans Joined the Ferrer Movement Flight from the City The Building of the Colony The Educational Radicalism of Elizabeth and Alexis Ferm Conflict Over Ideals Decline and Disappearance
Contemporary Anarchistic Communes New York Vermont New Mexico
Communities of Discipline
Vedanta Monasteries The Vedanta Movement in America Vedanta and Community Encounters Between Swamis and American Seekers The Limitations of the Monastic Impulse
New Mexico, 1971: Inside a "New Age" Social Order The External Tour Journal of a Five Weeks' Stay History and Intellectual Sources Individuals The Strength of the Fledgling Culture Ezra The Old in the New Seven Months Later
The Trend of American Cultural Radicalism
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ISBN: 9780226854588
ISBN-10: 0226854582
Series: Phoenix Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st January 1978
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Type: New edition