While scanning the web tonight, I stumbled across a professor of anthroplogy from Brigham Young University, Charles Nuckolls, who recently spoke on “The Community Solution: How New Residential Patterns Can Re-Shape Our Future in a Troubled World.”
Rising oil prices may make our traditional sprawling suburbs unsustainable. One alternative is the community solution: creating residential areas that encourage a strong sense of community, cooperation and earth stewardship. Essential to this approach is the process of drawing on local resources for community needs, such as food.
Intrigued, I read on. In the last few weeks since blogging, I’ve learned the many names of communal living: communes, ecovillages, cooperative living, cohousing, etc. However, Professor Nuckolls uses the term “localized communities” in his research. So I ran a google search to see what would appear, and voila.
Some meat (or tofu) to my potatoes. An appealing and information book on a subject I would like to send my focus to. Defending Community, written by sociologist professor Randy Stoecker, examines the conflicts between the needs of capitalism and the needs of community. The author was attending graduate school when hr moved to Cedar-Riverside, a Minneapolis neighborhood known for its determingation to uphold of peace, justice, participation, and a “localized community”. There he experienced first-hand the clashes between a radical community and state-backed urban developers.
Here is an excerpt of Stoecker’s book that speaks to the essence of living in community.
When ideology and social reproduction combine in a movement constituency, a movement community forms—no longer a group of isolated individuals, but a group of people who share a common culture and care for one another. Even the most well known recent national social movements—the civil rights movement, the student movement, the women’s movement, and neighborhood movements—have been, to a large extent, based in communities. Members of these movements have done more than protest together. They have been neighbors, roommates, friends, lovers. They have been community members.