Utopian Communities*


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    Parts of this article have been adapted from Communes: Creating and Managing the Collective Life, New York: Harper and Row, 1973. Barry Stein and Bennett Berger provided helpful comments on this paper.


Utopian communities-an alternative community form–vary from large, comprehensive settlements in which most aspects of life are collectively organized to small informal households low on comprehensiveness and collectivization, like many contemporary communes. The initial stages, organizational problems, politics, and economic organization of both highly-structured large communes and minimally-structured small communes are discussed.