Living in Community: Lessons from the Commune

  • Marian C. Bussey University of Denver


The revelation that an acquaintance of the author's had also lived on a commune initiated a period of reflection and research on commune living. The author found that commune life embodied much that is optimistic and progressive about social work values. While some of the back-to-the-land motivation came from the 1960s counterculture, communes were also linked to the idealism of the 19th century and in a roundabout way to its expression in social work.

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