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Living Utopia: Communal Living in Denmark and Britain

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This article examines experiments in communal living in Britain and Denmark in the early 1970s, using life-story interviews from seventeen members of two British and two Danish communes. It examines communal living as a fusion of radical political principles with the practice of experimental collective living. It concludes that the movement's egalitarian principles of resource-sharing, gender equality and the avoidance of hierarchies were broadly achieved, even if the movement obviously did not realize its more ambitious objective of undermining the bourgeois family. Though none of the interviewees lives communally now, most remain faithful to the principles behind the movement.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147800411X13105523597841

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of History, The Queen's College, Oxford, OX1 4AW, UK;, Email: john.davis@history.ox.ac.uk 2: Department of Culture and Identity, Roskilde University, Universitetsvej 1, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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