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  • Religious Vitality in Christian Intentional Communities: A Comparative and Ethnographic Study.
    Killian, Mark (2017)
    Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Comparative; Commune
  • New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism.
    Markofski, Wes (2015)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    2006-11 open ended interview study of an Evangelical urban monastery in a Midwest U.S.A. city; members were critical of theological individualism & political conservatism. Content analysis of Evangelical books shows contrasting positions in the field.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Culture; Field; Content analysis; Conservative/liberal; Bourdieu, Pierre; Grounded theory; Evangelical, U.S.A.; Inner-worldly asceticism; Justice; Monasticism
  • L'intégrisme catholique schismatique de type mystique-ésotérique. Le cas des Apôtres de l'Amour infini.
    Geoffroy, Martin (2009)
    In Martin Geoffroy and Jean-Guy Vaillancourt (eds.) La religion à l'extrême. Montréal: Médiaspaul, pp. 219-240.

    History & description of an esoteric schismatic church in the Catholic tradition.

    Associated Search Terms: Canada, Quebec; Apôtres de l'Amour infini, Canada; Esoteric; Integralism, Canada; Sect; Commune; Catholic traditionalists; Schism
  • Grassroots Prophecy in The Family International.
    Shepherd, Gary, and Gordon Shepherd (2007)
    Nova religio 10:4: 38-71.

    Intrnational participant observation, interviews, & questionnaires from members' communal homes.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Children of God; Participant observation; Prophecy; Societalization; The Family
  • Where Have all the Communes Gone? Religion's Effect on the Survival of Communes.
    Bader, Christopher D., F. Carson Mencken, and James Parker (2006)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45:1: 73-85.

    Based on a survey of 454 communes in the U.S.A.; religion did not affect survival.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune
  • Family Development and Change in the Hare Krishna Movement.
    Rochford, E. Burke, Jr. (2005)
    In James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen (eds.), Controversial New Religions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 101-117.

    Traces change from communes to families, countercultural to ethnic Hindu members.

    Associated Search Terms: Change; Hare Krishna; Commune; Ethnic; Indian Americans; Family
  • Women's Status in Eastern NRMs.
    Fuller, Sylvia, and John Levi Martin (2003)
    Review of Religious Research 44:4: 354-369.

    Compares status of women in 35 U.S. communal groups; finds both traditional gender roles & empowerment.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Gender role; Women; New religions
  • Power, Authority, and the Constraint of Belief Systems.
    Martin, John Levi (2002)
    American Journal of Sociology 107:4: 861-904.

    Distinguishes the level of consensus & the degree of bindiness of belief systems. Applies this to data from American communes, including religious communes.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Belief; Authority
  • Devotees of Krsna in Slovenia.
    Crnic, Ales (2002)
    Iskcon Communications Journal 10: 35-49.

    Shows a shift from commune to congregation membership in Slovenian ISKCON from 1992 to 2000. Makes comparisons with the general Slovenian population.

    Associated Search Terms: Hare Krishna, Slovenia; Parish; Change; Commune; Slovenia
  • Judaism and Collective Life. Self and Community in the Religious Kibbutz.
    Fishman, Aryei (2002)
    London: Routledge.

    Analyzes the origins & trajectories of religious kibbutzim in Israel; Hasidic ideals that were inward-looking did not sustain kibbutz life as well as outward-looking kibbutz groups, the latter usually of German origin.

    Associated Search Terms: Israel; Solidarity; Kibbutz; Historical; Commune; Jewish, Israel
  • The Commitment Process in a Religious Commune: The Shakers.
    Cosgel, Metin M. (2001)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40:1: 27-38.

    Identifies predictors of persistence in the commune from the 1860 census to the 1870 one.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Commune; Shaker
  • Child-rearing Issues in Totalist Groups.
    Siskind, Amy (2001)
    ]In Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins (eds.) Misunderstanding Cults. Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 415-451.

    Associated Search Terms: Children; Hare Krishna; Bruderhof; Children of God; Oneida; Child abuse; Commune
  • Religion and intragroup cooperation: Preliminary results from a comparative analysis of utopian communities.
    Sosis, Richard (2000)
    Cross-Cultural Research 34: 7-87.

    Religious communes survive longer than non-religious communes.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune
  • Children of the Underground Temple. Growing up in Damanhur.
    Introvigne, Massimo (1999)
    In Susan J. Palmer and Charlotte E. Hardman (eds.) Children in New Religions. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 138-149.

    Associated Search Terms: Children; Socialization; Italy, Piedmont; Occult; Commune; New age; Damanhur
  • New Age. Una nuova sensibilità culturale, un nuovo movimento religioso o una mera moda consumistica?
    Berzano, Luigi (1999)
    Bologna: Il Mulino.

    Literary antecedents, social origins, & early communes of the new age, as well as typical beliefs, attitudes, & organizations.

    Associated Search Terms: Damanhur; Commune; Syncretism; Social movement; Network; Findhorn; Magic; New age
  • Damanhur: Popolo e comunità.
    Berzano, Luigi (1998)
    Leumann, Italy: Elle Di Ci.

    Based on internal documents of Damanhur & interviews; the commune developed around the charismatic leader Oberto Airaudi, near Turin.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Symbol; Charisma; Syncretism; Routinization; Damanhur; Secrecy; New age; Healing; Ritual; Italy, Valchiusella; Paranormal; Occult
  • Tra solidarietà ed efficienza: le caratteristiche culturali e organizzative della Comunità di S. Egidio.
    Ricotta, G. (1997)
    La critica sociologica 122/123: 102-125.

    Associated Search Terms: San Egidio; Commune
  • Charismatic Communitarianism and the Jesus Fellowship.
    Newell, Keith (1997)
    In Stephen Hunt, Malcolm Hamilton, and Tony Walter (eds.) Charismatic Christianity. Sociological Perspectives. New York: St. Martin's; London: Macmillan, pp. 120-139.

    Overview of Jesus Fellowship communities in Great Britain.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Pentecostal, neo, Great Britain; Jesus Fellowship
  • Structural Adaptation and "Success" in the Transplantation of an Asian New Religious Movement: The Brahma Kumaris in the Western World, Part 1.
    Howell, Julia Day, and Peter L. Nelson (1997)
    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 8: 1-33.

    Loss of contact with potential converts is lessened by having commune residents enter the work force.

    Associated Search Terms: Adaptation; New religions; Brahma Kumari, Australia; Australia; Commune
  • Marriage, Ideology, and Commitment: Negotiating Ideological Change in a Jesus People Communal Movement.
    Isaacson, Lynne M. (1997)
    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 8: 141-162.

    Based on interviews with ex-members of Shiloh (known as "Christ Communal Organization" in sociological literature of its time).

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Marriage; Shiloh Youth Revival Movement; Jesus movement; Jesus People
  • The Sociology of Religious Movements.
    Bainbridge, William Sims (1997)
    New York: Routledge.

    General treatise written as a text, centered in the "compensator" theory framework & using U.S.A. illustrations.

    Associated Search Terms: Orthodoxy (doctrinal); Sect; Oneida; Shaker; New age; Jehovah´s Witness; Seventh-day Adventist; Schism; Compensators; Holiness religion; Functionalism; Dimensions of religiosity; Relative deprivation; Commune; Deprivation; Stratification; Conversion
  • Does Religious Observance Promote Health? Mortality in Secular vs. Religious Kibbutzim in Israel.
    Kark, Jeremy D., Galia Shemi, Yehiel Friedlander, Oz Martin, Orly Manor, and S.H. Blondheim (1996)
    American Journal of Public Health 86:3: 341-346.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Mortality; Kibbutz; Jewish, Israel; Israel; Health; Comparative
  • Alternative Knowledge Movements as Religion: An Alternative Farming Movement in Japan.
    Shimazono, Susumu (1996)
    Social Compass 43:1: 47-63.

    Communes organized around alternative knowledge as religion; case of an agricultural movement in Japan.

    Associated Search Terms: New religions; New age; Japan; Agriculture; Knowledge; Commune
  • From Promiscuity to Celibacy: Women and Sexual Regulation at Rajneeshpuram.
    Goldman, Marion S. (1995)
    In Mary Jo Neitz and Marion S. Goldman (eds.), Sex, Lies and Sanctity: Religion and Deviance in Contemporary North America. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, Inc., pp. 203-219.

    When Bagwan Rajneesh predicted an AIDS epidemic & changed sexual norms, women observed the new rules while men did not.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Women; Sexual norms; Rajneesh; United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram
  • Charisma and Corruption in the Love Family: Toward a Theory of Corruption in Charismatic Cults.
    Balch, Robert W. (1995)
    In Mary Jo Neitz and Marion S. Goldman (eds.), Sex, Lies, and Sanctity: Religion and Deviance in Contemporary North America. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, pp. 155-179.

    Based on 1980-84 visits & interviews.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Washington, Seattle; New religions; Deviance/social control; Charisma; Love Family; Corruption; Commune
  • Determinants of Membership Levels and Duration in a Shaker Commune, 1780-1880.
    Murray, John E. (1995)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34:1: 35-48.

    Examines background factors & external economic conditions related to joining & staying in a Shaker community.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; United States, New York, New Lebanon; Economic; Shaker; Membership; Disaffiliation
  • Rule Making and Rule Breaking in a Jesus Community.
    Isaacson, Lynne M. (1995)
    In Mary Jo Neitz and Marion S. Goldman (eds.), Sex, Lies and Sanctity: Religion and Deviance in Contemporary North America. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, pp. 181-201.

    The loosening of internal rules undermined the commune's boundaries & ultimately its existence; based on interviews with former members.

    Associated Search Terms: Sexuality; Commune; Jesus movement; Deviance/social control; Shiloh Youth Revival Movement; Accommodation; Boundary maintenance; Jesus People
  • Feelings after the Fall: Former Rajneeshpuram Commune Members' Perceptions of and Affiliation with the Rajneeshee Movement.
    Latkin, Carl A., Norman D. Sundberg, Richard A. Littman, Melissa G. Katsikis, and Richard A. Hagan (1994)
    Sociology of Religion 55:1: 65-73.

    Based on questionnaire data from former members of the disbanded commune; shows continued favorable views & affiliation.

    Associated Search Terms: Rajneesh; Commune; United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram
  • Extraordinary Groups. An Examination of Unconventional Life-Styles, 5th Ed.
    Kephart, William M., and William W. Zellner (1993)
    New York; St. Martin's Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Christian Science, U.S.A.; Jehovah´s Witness; Father Divine; Commune; Jewish, Hasidic, Satmarer; Amish, Old Order, U.S.A.; Jewish, Lubavitcher; Oneida; Mormon; Jewish, Hasidic, Satmar
  • Charisma, Ritual, Collective Effervescence, and Self-esteem.
    Carlton-Ford, Steven L. (1992)
    Sociological Quarterly 33:3: 365-387.

    Analyzes 1974 questionnaire data from members of urban communes; shows ritual, interpersonal power, & presence of charismatic leaders supporting self-esteem.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Self-esteem; Ritual; Power; Charisma
  • Therapy, Charisma and Social Control in the Rajneesh Movement.
    Palmer, Susan J., and Frederick Bird (1992)
    Sociological Analysis 53:S: S71-S85.

    Therapy in Rajneeshpuram forged new identities through breaking taboos, promoting alternative sexual ethics, & forming a charisma-based community.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Identity; Rajneesh; United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram; Sexuality; Medical
  • The Structure of Anti-Structure: The Development and Organization of a Religious Community in a Small Western Town.
    Siegler, Gretchen (1992)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, University of Nevada at Reno. [DAI #9300575]

    Associated Search Terms: In Search of Truth; Commune; United States, California
  • Women and the Charismatic Community: Defining the Attraction.
    Wright, Sue Marie (1992)
    Sociological Analysis 53:S: S35-S49. [Also in William H. Swatos, Jr. (ed.) Gender and Religion. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transction, 1994, pp. 143-157]

    Compares 6 American charisma-based communal groups, their stages of development, & the roles of women in them at the different stages.

    Associated Search Terms: Women´s Commonwealth; Theosophy; United States, Texas, Belton; Brotherhood of the New Life; Keilite communities; Oneida; Separatist Society at Zoar, Ohio; Publick Universal Friend´s Community; Commune; Women; United States, Ohio, Zoar; Historical
  • Assessment of Former Members of Shiloh: The Adjective Check List 17 Years Later.
    Taslimi, Cheryl Rowe, Ralph W. Hood, Jr., and Paul J. Watson (1991)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Relgiion 30:3: 306-311.

    Personality test replication with former members of Shiloh, a disbanded Oregon Jesus People commune; results suggest more normalcy.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Deprivation; Personality test; Jesus movement
  • Religious Community, Individual Religiosity, and Health: A Tale of Two Kibbutzim.
    Anson, Ofra, Arieh Levenson, Benyamin Maoz, and Dan Y. Bonneh (1991)
    Sociology 25:1: 119-132.

    Analyzes questionnaire data from a secular & a religious kibbutz; the latter had better mental & physical health, but its more prayerful members had worse health.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Jewish, Israel; Commune; Kibbutz; Medical; Israel
  • The Orthodox Kibbutzim and Economic Success.
    Fishman, Aryei, and Yaaqov Goldschmidt (1990)
    Journal for the scientific Study of Religion 29:4: 505-511.

    Financial ratings of religious vs. secular kibbutzim.

    Associated Search Terms: Kibbutz; Economic; Commune; Israel; Jewish, Israel
  • Charisma and Control in Rajneeshpuram. The Role of Shared Values in the Creation of a Community.
    Carter, Lewis F. (1990)
    New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Studies the group control methods used by the leaders of the community established in Oregon by the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Rajneesh; United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram; Social control
  • The Self-Concept of Rajneeshpuram Commune Members.
    Latkin, Carl A. (1990)
    Journal for the scientific Study of Religion 29:1: 91-98.

    Associated Search Terms: Self concept; Commune; Rajneesh; United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram
  • D'une alliance entre religione et utopie post 68: Le rapport à la société du groupe "Éveil à la conscience planétaire."
    Champion, Françoise (1989)
    Social Compass 36:1: 51-69.

    Study of an eclectic commune in France.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; France; Éveil à la conscience planétaire
  • Gender Roles in the Experimental Community: Rajneeshpuram.
    Latkin, Carl A. (1989)
    Sex Roles 21: 629-652.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram; Rajneesh; Gender role; Commune
  • New Wine in Old Wineskins. Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church.
    Warner, R. Stephen (1988)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Participant observation & interviews in a Presbyterian church in Mendocino, California, that made an outreach to a hippie commune & later became evangelical under the influence of the young converts.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Participant observation; United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; United States, California, Mendocino; Commune; Evangelical, U.S.A.
  • Religion and Communal Life in an Evolutionary-Functional Perspective: The Orthodox Kibbutzim.
    Fishman, Aryei (1987)
    Comparative Studies in Society and History 29: 763-796.

    Examines the Religious Kibbutz Federation in Israel; shows religion playing a dysfunctional role in a communal system.

    Associated Search Terms: Kibbutz; Functionalism; Israel; Commune; Jewish, Orthodox, Israel
  • The Renaissance Movement in the U.S.A. Today: An Account of Alternative Religion in Popular Media.
    Borowski, Karol H. (1987)
    Social Compass 34:1: 33-40.

    Pop music enhanced the communication of the alternative religion & provided a basis for its internal solidarity.

    Associated Search Terms: Media; Renaissance Church-Community; Music; Commune
  • Rajneeshpuram, Oregon--An Exploration of Gender and Work Roles, Self-Concept, and Psychological Well-Being in an Experimental Community.
    Latkin, Carl A. (1987)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, University of Oregon. [DA 48:7 B, p. 2141]

    A 1985 survey & 4 years participant observation show the subculturally esteemed "feminine" traits.

    Associated Search Terms: Rajneesh; United States, Oregon, Rajneeshpuram; Self concept; Commune; Women; Participant observation
  • Death Customs in a Non-religious Kibbutz: The Use of Sacred Symbols in a Secular Society./Religious Kibbutzim: Judaism and Modernization.
    Rubin, Nissan (1986)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 25:3: 292-303./In Shlomo A. Deshen, Charles S. Liebman, and Moshe Shokeid (eds.) Israeli Judaism. The Sociology of Religion in Israel. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction, 1995, pp. 173-195.

    Founders of a secular kibbutz created non-religious ceremonials for death, but as ideological fervor waned, religious customs began to reappear.

    Associated Search Terms: Kibbutz; Death; Ritual; Jewish, Israel; Israel; Sacralization; Commune
  • Redemptory Intimacy: The Family Culture of the Unification Church.
    Parsons, Arthur S. (1985)
    Communal Studies 5: 137-175.

    Associated Search Terms: Family; Commune; Unification Church
  • Social Change, Gender Roles, and New Religious Movements.
    Aidala, Angela A. (1985)
    Sociological Analysis 46:3: 287-314.

    Analyzes questionnaire & ethnographic studies of 10 communal groups in each of 6 major U.S. cities.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Sex role; New religions
  • Transformations in Religious Commitment.
    Wittberg, Patricia (1985)
    Review for Religious 44:2: 161-170.

    Examines changes in commitment mechanisms as Catholic religious communities change from international communities to voluntary associations.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Voluntarism; Association; Commune; Commitment; Orders/congregations
  • Amana: From Pietist Sect to American Community.
    Barthel, Diane L. (1984)
    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Pietist; Amana; Commune
  • Religion, Society, and Utopia in Nineteenth-Century America.
    Mandelker, Ira L. (1984)
    Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

    Studies the Oneida community by locating it within a general societal context.

    Associated Search Terms: Utopian; Oneida; Commune
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