Academic journal article Communal Societies

From the Editors

Academic journal article Communal Societies

From the Editors

Article excerpt

The editorial team is pleased to present the spring 2018 issue of Communal Societies. As usual, the topics of the feature articles range widely, from contemporary intentional communities to those of past centuries. One article by Emily Welty considers the impact of communal values on the contemporary work of Mennonite institutions in East Africa. An article by former CSA president Christian Goodwillie sheds light on the distinctive "feast ground" rituals at two Shaker communities in the American northeast. This issue also follows up on CSA's October 2017 conference held at Zoar, Ohio, with the inclusion of an article by Amy Hart, winner of the 2017 Starting Scholar Award, as well as a document commentary by CSA executive director Kathy Fernandez, drawn from her forthcoming book on Zoar. Hart's article explores the little-known African American community of Allensworth, California, which sought to challenge institutionalized racism in the early twentieth century by setting up a community as a subnational space. Fernandez's document transcription and commentary presents the story of a recently discovered poem about the origins of Zoar. …

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