Edited by Claude Whitmyer (with Gail Terry Grimes)

Foreword by Eric Utne.

Tarcher/Perigee-Putnam Publishing Group, 10,000 copies in print.

"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'?"

T.S. Elliot
T.S. Elliot

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


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

Chapter 1. Mark Holloway – The Wins of Our Fathers: Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America

Chapter 2. M. Scott Peck – The Fallacy of Rugged Individualism

Chapter 3. Arthur E. MorganHome sapiens: The Community Animal

Chapter 4. Malcolm Margolin – An Historical Native American Village

Chapter 5. Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson – A Modern Village of Spiritual Seekers

Part 2: Making Community: The Task

Chapter 6. M. Scott Peck – Stages of Community Building

Chapter 7. Duane Fickeisan – Skills for Living Together

Chapter 8. Robert K. Greenleaf – The Leader as Servant

Chapter 9. Michael Linton – Money and Community Economics

Chapter 10. Amia Lieblich – The Economics of Kibbutz Makom

Part 3: Finding Community: The Satisfaction

Chapter 11. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Kinship and Friendship: The Flesh of Community

Chapter 12. Ram Dass and Paul Gorman – Service: The Soul of Community

Chapter 13. Starhawk – Celebration: The Spirit of Community

Chapter 14. Thich Nhat Hanh – Awareness: The Consciousness of Community

Chapter 15. Stephanie Kaza – A Community of Awareness

Part 4. Living Community: A Wide Range of Choices

Chapter 16. Geoph Kozeny – Intentional Communities

Chapter 17. Wayne Liebman – Ritual Men’s Groups

Chapter 18. Juanita Brown – The Corporation as Community

Chapter 19. Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durett – Collaborative Housing

Chapter 20. Stephanie Mills – Salons

Chapter 21. Kristin Anundsen & Carolyn Shaffer – Electronic Communities

Chapter 22. Frances Fitzgerald – The Castro: Building Community in the Face of AIDS

Part 5. The Dark Side of Community: Facing and Overcoming the Pitfalls

Chapter 23. Charlene Spretnak – The Other: Community’s Shadow

Chapter 24. Margo Adair and Sharon Howell – Domination and Submission: The Subjective Side of Power

Chapter 25. Arthur Deikman – The Cult: A Mirror of the Times

Chapter 26. Rick Fields, Peggy Taylor, Rex Weyler, and Rich Ingrasci – On Cults and Organizations

Chapter 27. Tim Cahill – Jonestown: In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Part 6. Tomorrow’s Communities

Chapter 28. Arthur E. Morgan – Achieving a Community Way of Life

Chapter 29. Bill Devall – Ecocentric Sangha

Chapter 30. Gary Snyder – Rediscovering the Commons

Chapter 31. Leif Smith and Pat Wagner – A Future Community Today: The Open Network

Chapter 32. Ernest Callenbach – A Future Community Tomorrow: Ecotopia

Epilogue: Claude Whitmyer – Community Lost, Saved, and Liberated

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