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The Center for Communal Studies and Collections has excellent resources on twentieth-century and contemporary North American intentional societies. The Communal Studies Collection at Rice Library has materials on over 600 contemporary and historic communities, including approximately 25,000 photographs. The Center for Communal Studies (situated with the University Archives and Special Collections, Rice Library 3022) serves as a reference room and as a space for study and meetings. 

Current Communities

Bruderhof Communities        Kashi Ashram       

Findhorn Foundation        Alkebulan Logo

Dancing Rabbit Logo

Diggers & Dreamers Logo

Historic Communities

Historic New Harmony      

New Lanark World Heritage Site    Zoar Historic Village


Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies          Global Ecovillage Network


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Recent Publications in Communal Studies

Brown, Gregory W., Matchsticks Contemplating Eternity: Life, Death, and Faith in What is. Wipf and Stock, 2022.

ISBN 13: 978-1-6667-3408-9
Softcover $49

Hardcover ISBN 13: 9781666729566
Hardcover Retail: $64

See the interview with author, Gregory W. Brown.

 Book Cover The Business of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Architecture of Communal Societies in the 1960s and 1970s

Schwenkbeck, Rahima, The Business of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Architecture of Communal Societies in the 1960s and 1970s. Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2021 edition.

ISBN 13: 978-3030883539
Kindle $126 

Hardcover ISBN 13: 978-3030883539
Hardcover Retail: $117

See the interview with author, Rahima Schwenkbeck.

Lockyer, Joshua. Seeking Like a Commons. Eighty Years of Intentional Community Building and Commons Stewardship in Celo, North Carolina. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

See the interview with author Joshua Lockyer and Dr. Donald Pitzer.
Hanka, Matthew J.. What is Happening in
your Community? Why Community
Development Matters
. Lanham Maryland:
Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.
Bill Hemminger (editor). Growing Good. A Beginners Guide to Cultivating Caring Communities. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2021. McKanan, Dan. Camphill and the Future: Spirituality and Disability in an Evolving Communal Movement   Oakland: University of California Press, 2020

  • Rode, Silvia. George Rapp. Gedanken über die Bestimmung des Menschen besonders in Hinsicht der gegenwärtigen Zeit von der Harmonie Gesellschaft in Indiana 1824 [Thoughts on the Destiny of Man, Particularly with Reference to the Present Times; by the Harmony Society in Indiana A. D. 1824].  A Critical Study. Indianapolis: NCSA Literatur, 2018.

  • Reprint of Arthur Bestor's Backwoods Utopias: The Sectarian Origin and The Owenite Phase of Communitarian Socialism in America 1663-1829, with new introduction by Donald E. Pitzer (Wipf and Stick Publisher, 2012).

  • Eileen English, Demographic Directory of the Harmony Society (Richard Couper Press, 2011).
Casey Harison, ed., A New Social Question: Capitalism, Socialism and Utopia (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

  • Donald E. Pitzer and Darryl Jones, New Harmony Then and Now (Indiana University Press, 2012).
Joel Nathan Rosen, From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta (Carolina Academic Press, 2011). Maclure of New Harmony Leonard Warren, William Maclure of New Harmony (Indiana University Press, 2009).

Other Collections and Resources

Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU

Hamilton College, Special Collection 

MINKA Project, USI 

Contact Dr. Silvia Rode


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