Anthropology | Communes, Convents and Utopias
A200 | 11594 | Carspecken

This class aims to present a broad overview of types of intentional
and alternative community.  What makes communities bond?  Is equality
possible on a small scale?  What are the benefits and limitations of
opting out of the mainstream?  Over the course of the semester we will
look both at a variety of examples of communities past and present,
mostly in the United States, and at a range of the theoretical issues
that can come up when groups of people cohabit by  choice.   We will
also look at the recent phenomenon of virtual networks over the
internet.  Because our theme is community, participation will be very
important in this course.