Commitment and Community Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective

ISBN-10: 0674145763
ISBN-13: 9780674145764
Edition: 1972
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1972
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

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.

The Utopian Faith
A Refuge and a Hope
Society's Maternal Bed: Idealizations of Communal Life
Lessons of the Past
Commitment: The Problem and the Theory
Live in Love and Union: Commitment Mechanisms in Nineteenth Century Communes
The Comforts of Commitment: Issues in Group Life
Away from Community
Problems of Today
Retreat from Utopia
8 They Also Serve: Communes with Missions
The Limits of Utopia
Appendix: Sample and Methodology for Study of Nineteenth Century Communes
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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