In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World
(Tarcher/Perigee-Putnam Publishing Group–10,000 copies in print.)
by Claude Whitmyer with Gail Terry Grimes and others.
"When the stranger says: 'What is the meaning of this city? Do you huddle together because you love one another?' What will you answer? 'We all dwell together to make money from each other,' or, 'This is a community'?"
What's In The Book?
From the Cover
There is something about being human that makes us yearn for the company of others, to be members of a family of spirit, a team, or a clan in which we are fully seen and understood. Stuck inside our own skins, we often feel alone and cut off; we want to be with others who share our problems, challenges, and hopes. Today people everywhere are finding ways of ending their sense of isolation by joining together in loosely and tightly structured communities of peers.
In the Company of Others explores how people are solving the dilemma of separation and building deep community through:
- business support teams
- neighborhood service clubs
- addiction recovery programs
- food co-ops
- men’s and women’s ritual groups
- intellectual salons
- intentional spiritual communities
- artists’ groups
- electronic networks
- AIDS and cancer survivor groups
This book brings together a range of voices singing the praises of the human dream of community in its many forms. It offers guidance for starting community, and practical solutions for the economic and emotional difficulties that may arise when we live or work with others, involving communication, authority, membership, decision making and purpose.
In the Company of Others is full of profiles of successful groups and communities. It offers a fresh vision of human life in creative togetherness.
Foreword by Eric Utne: I am because we are
Prologue: Claude Whitmyer – Waking Up to the Company of Others
Part 1: Seeking Community: The Need
1. Mark Holloway – The Wins of Our Fathers: Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America
2. M. Scott Peck – The Fallacy of Rugged Individualism
3. Arthur E. Morgan – Home sapiens: The Community Animal
4. Malcolm Margolin – An Historical Native American Village
5. Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson – A Modern Village of Spiritual Seekers
Part 2: Making Community: The Task
6. M. Scott Peck – Stages of Community Building
7. Duane Fickeisan – Skills for Living Together
8. Robert K. Greenleaf – The Leader as Servant
9. Michael Linton – Money and Community Economics
10. Amia Lieblich – The Economics of Kibbutz Makom
Part 3: Finding Community: The Satisfaction
11. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Kinship and Friendship: The Flesh of Community
12. Ram Dass and Paul Gorman – Service: The Soul of Community
13. Starhawk – Celebration: The Spirit of Community
14. Thich Nhat Hanh – Awareness: The Consciousness of Community
15. Stephanie Kaza – A Community of Awareness
Part 4. Living Community: A Wide Range of Choices
16. Geoph Kozeny – Intentional Communities
17. Wayne Liebman – Ritual Men’s Groups
18. Juanita Brown – The Corporation as Community
19. Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durett – Collaborative Housing
20. Stephanie Mills – Salons
21. Kristin Anundsen & Carolyn Shaffer – Electronic Communities
22. Frances Fitzgerald – The Castro: Building Community in the Face of AIDS
Part 5. The Dark Side of Community: Facing and Overcoming the Pitfalls
23. Charlene Spretnak – The Other: Community’s Shadow
24. Margo Adair and Sharon Howell – Domination and Submission: The Subjective Side of Power
25. Arthur Deikman – The Cult: A Mirror of the Times
26. Rick Fields, Peggy Taylor, Rex Weyler, and Rich Ingrasci – On Cults and Organizations
27. Tim Cahill – Jonestown: In the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Part 6. Tomorrow’s Communities
28. Arthur E. Morgan – Achieving a Community Way of Life
29. Bill Devall – Ecocentric Sangha
30. Gary Snyder – Rediscovering the Commons
31. Leif Smith and Pat Wagner – A Future Community Today: The Open Network
32. Ernest Callenbach – A Future Community Tomorrow: Ecotopia
Epilogue: Claude Whitmyer – Community Lost, Saved, and Liberated
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About the Editor
Comment from a Reviewer
"Creating community and making it work is one of the most powerful imperatives of American life. While many social critics have been lamenting the loss of this precious resource in today's world, few have really treated the subject with the breadth and depth it deserves.
"'In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World' gathers together 32 essays on this important aspect of contemporary life. As editor of this anthology, Claude Whitmyer draws on his experiences as the coordinator of the [ Briarpatch Community ] to introduce the sections of this paperback on seeking, making, finding, and living in communities.
"New forms of shared life, connectedness, and common purpose have come to the fore in our heterogeneous and pluralistic world. Essayists such as M. Scott Peck, Ram Dass, and Gary Snyder comment on the challenges of communication, authority, decision-making, and purpose in the maintenance of community.
"One thing is for sure: there is no shortage of variety in the forms of association covered in this book. Some of the types include neighborhood service clubs, business support teams, food co-ops, men's and women's ritual groups, intentional spiritual communities, electronic networks, intellectual salons, and artists' groups. 'In the Company of Others' is one of the best books on community published in many a moon."
Fred and Mary Ann Brussat