Examines an alternative to the old patterns of living and working in the prevailing social system—the communal work place where work, recreation, and living space are brought together in a unified setting. The authors deal with a number of questions the communal work group faces, including the selection of projects, the choice of technologies and legal structure, and the means for determining economic viability. Past American and European communitarian movements are traced, as well as the nature and limitations of the new community experiments of the 1960s and 1970s.
DAVID FRENCH is assistant professor of economics at Johnson State College, Vermont.
ELENA FRENCH is assistant professor of social sciences at Johnson State College, Vermont.