|Re: Circumstantial Community - An Academic Question||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: DHCano (DHCanoaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 13:20:23 -0500|
In a message dated 99-07-28 13:43:34 EDT, allenbutcher [at] juno.com writes: > Circumstantial community I then >define as, "a group of people living in proximity by chance, such as in a >city, neighborhood or village, I have lived in intentional communities (currently at Ganas) and in many other situations -- including a village in Mexico and more than one neighborhood in New York City. In my experience, people do not choose neighborhoods, let alone villages, by chance. In New York City a great deal is immediately known about a new acquaintance just by learning in which of the highly varied neighborhoods she or he chooses to live. Nor do residents usually choose neighborhoods merely for cosmetic reasons or for commuting convenience. They often identify strongly with their neighborhood and unite to meet challenges to its perceived qualities as a neighborhood. People know, or at least recognize and interact with, others in their neighborhood, and perceive them as having common interests. Villages are often united by even stronger ties including long history and numerous criss-crossing family relationships. But intentionality as it is used in describing communities is, in my view, related to the enterprise of 'living intentionally' through the ongoing process of consciously choosing or designing the conditions of their mutual interactional patterns and common life, *not* the the intentionality of picking a community that already exists (and may already be quite a strong community with established, accepted patterns of living.). For me, a community that has relatively fixed patterns of interaction, livelihood, etc., and no longer operates on the assumption that decisions about such things are fully open to the free consideration of the current membership, and that does not regard participation in the making of such choices as a key element of community membership, is, de facto, no longer 'intentional'. (Intentional community is hard to maintain beyond the founding generation precisely because children born to the community react just as children anywhere else, either taking the ways prevalent during their childhood for granted as valid or automatically rebelling against them -- neither having anything to do with 'intentionality' but arising in the normal developmental course.) Diane Cano
Circumstantial Community - An Academic Question allenbutcher, July 28 1999
- Re: Circumstantial Community - An Academic Question DHCano, July 28 1999
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