Alternative Lifestyles

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Alternate Societies: A brief survey on intentional community in European history
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1993
A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
Alternative Americas: An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture
Loomis, Mildred J.
Book
1982
A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
American Commune
Croshere, Mundo Rena (Director)
Film/Video
Sisters Rena and Nadine return to The Farm, the legendary hippie commune in Tennessee where they were raised, to tell the story of their alternative family and the rise and fall of America's largest u...
Anarchism's Mid-Century Turn : A Review & Response: Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century,
Williams, Kristian
Article
2016
No matter how one feels about it, the current state of anarchism has represented something of a mystery: What was once a mass movement based mainly in working class immigrant communities is now an ar...
Begin at Start: Some Thoughts on Personal Liberation and World Change
Negrin, Su
Book
1972
Sue Negrin talks about her experiences in the hip, free school, mysticism, New Left, feminist and gay movements; how she sees them shedding old skins and coming together in a new way.
Breaking the Bonds: The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships
Watson, Mary Ann; Whitlock, Flint
Book
1982
An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
Building Economic Alternatives
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1992
Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
Macy, Joanna
Book
1998
A guidebook for dealing with the despair that stands in the way our our changing the world.
Commune (intentional community): Connexipedia Article
Article
An intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, property, possessions, resources, work and income.
Commune (socialism): Connexipedia Article
Article
Almost universally, communists, left-wing socialists, anarchists and others have seen the Commune as a model for the liberated society that will come after the masses are liberated from capitalism, a ...
Communism and the Family (Part One): The Marxist Approach to Women's Liberation
Article
2015
Replacing the family with collective institutions is the most radical aspect of the communist program and will bring about the deepest, most sweeping changes in daily life, not least for children.
Communism and the Family (Part Two): The Marxist Approach to Women's Liberation
Article
2015
The family is the primary institution through which bourgeois ideology in its various forms is transmitted from one generation to the next.
The Communistic Societies of the United States
Nordhoff, Charles
Book
1875
Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Counterculture: Connexipedia Article
Article
Sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day.
Diggers and Dreamers: The Guide to Communal Living
Coates, Chris; How, Jonathan; Jones, Lee; Morris, William; Wood, Andy (eds.)
Book
1995
The Ethical Slut: A guide to infinite sexual possibilities
Easton, Dossie; Liszt, Catherine A.
Book
1997
A guide for anyone who dreams of having all the sex and love and friendship they want. Explores the skills and issues of a life beyond tradiational lifetime monogamy, from scheduling dates to handling...
Free Ourselves: Forgotten Goals of the Revolution
Arthur, Aron
Book
1972
How do we liberate ourselves?
Group Marriage: A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage
Constantine, Larry L. and Joan
Book
1973
A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who ...
The Harrowsmith Reader: An Anthology from Canada's National Award Winning Magazine of Country Life and Alternatives to Bigness
Lawrence, James (ed.)
Book
1978
Articles on land, country careers, shelter, gardening, husbandry, food, trees, and rural life.
Hippies: Connexipedia Article
Article
A subculture which was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world.
Intentional Communities Upcoming Events
Website
Events for those involved in creating intentional communities.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Loving More
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A newsletter published by PEP (Polyfidelitious Educational Productions), a group marriage journal and network. Previous title was PEPTALK; name was changed to Loving More starting with the Spring 1991...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Open Marriage: A New Life Style for Couples
O'Neill, Nena & George
Book
1972
The authors propose open marriage as a way to help couples realize that there can be both relatedness and freedom in marriage, and that freedom, with the growth and responsibility it entails, can be t...
PEPCON
Article
1990
Proposition 31
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
1969
Radical Simplicity And The Middle Class
Alexander, Samuel
Article
2012
A description of what a life of radical simplicity might look like suggesting radical simplicity is appealing, provided that the transition was anticipated and widely negotiated.
Rochdale: The Runaway Collage
Sharpe, David
Book
1987
Toronto's Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbpl of the flower-child Sixties, a financial and social controversy. Sharpe tells the story of the college's...
Samois
Rubin, Gayle
Article
2004
A history of Samois, the first public organization devoted to lesbian sadomasochism and a key player in the early phases of the feminist "sex wars".
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Steal This Book
Hoffman, Abbie
Book
1971
A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
Underground Times
Verzuh, Ron
Book
1989
The story of Canadian 'underground' newspapers of the 1960s.
Voyages To Utopia: From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times
McCord, William
Book
1989
The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
When Will the Media Really Get Polyamory?
Trask, Robyn L
Article
2015
Why do the media so often miss the mark when they write articles or do a feature on polyamory? Why do so many approach the subject with a ready-made idea of what they are looking for?
Why Do Communities Fail?
Moffatt, Gary
Article
The strains that take their toll on community groups.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Canadian Cohousing Network
Resource for the cohousing movement which seeks to create and maintain neighbourhoods which emphasize a supportive, inter-generational community, common facilities and participation by all members usi...
Communitarian Network
A coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment.
Communities
Since 1972, Communities has been the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America - from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural ...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Federation of Canadian Naturists
Established in 1985, this national non-profit organization promotes naturism/nudism in Canada and informs/represents the interests of Canadian naturist/nudist individuals, families, clubs, resorts and...
Greenery Press
Publishes books for the sexually adventurous. Greenery Press has built an international reputation for publishing the best in responsible, sexy information about all kinds of consensual non-mainstrea...
Kerista Book Series
Kerista: the commune that invented the word 'polyfidelity' & 'compersion' based in the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco from 1971-1991.
Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a na...
Polyamory
Discussion of polyamorous relationships.
Polyamory Society
Promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a national organization and resour...

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Alternate Sources
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1996
A safe sex manual for SM Play. The authors, all experts in SM play, dispel the stereotypes and myths about sadomasochism with this introduction to a hitherto hidden world of human expression. Safe Edg...
Canadian Cohousing Network
Website
Resource for the cohousing movement which seeks to create and maintain neighbourhoods which emphasize a supportive, inter-generational community, common facilities and participation by all members usi...
The Communitarian Network
Website
A coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment.
Deutschsprachiges Kommunitariernetz
Website
German-language communitarian site.
Intentional Communities
Website
Resource for intentional Communities including ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects.
Lifestyles
The Politics of Alternative Lifestyles
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
This newsletter deals with the questions and issues involved in considering an alternative lifestyle as an option for social change
Marginal Distribution
Website
Book distributor.
Peptalk
Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989