An Unreal Estate : Sustainability and Freedom in an Evolving Community
In An Unreal Estate, Lucinda Carspecken takes an in-depth look at Lothlorien, a Southern Indiana nature sanctuary, sustainable camping ground, festival site, collective residence, and experiment in ecological building, stewardship, and organization. Carspecken notes the way fiction and reality intertwine on this piece of land and argues that examples such as Lothlorien have the power to be a force for social change. Lothlorien's organization and social norms are in sharp contrast with its surrounding communities. As a unique enclave within a larger society, it offers to the latter both an implicit critique and a cluster of alternative values and lifestyles. In addition, it has created a niche where some participants change, grow, and find empowerment in an environment that is accepting of difference-particularly in areas of religion and sexual orientation.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 152 x 226 x 20mm | 408.23g
- 03 Nov 2011
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 25 b&w illus.
Anthropologist Carspecken . . . offers an extraordinarily captivating and challenging book based on a year and a half of reflective research in the 109-acre intentional community of Lothlorien. . . . Essential. * Choice *
About Lucinda Carspecken
Lucinda Carspecken is Adjunct Professor in Qualitative Research Methods and Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington.
Table of contents
AcknowledgmentsA Note on Names1. "That Dose of Unreality": An Introduction to Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary2. "Dream Flowers": Fiction and Utopian Imagination in Neo-Paganism and Alternative Communities3. Faerie and Avalon: Reimagining Nature4. "A Loose-Knit Anarchy": Reimagining Organization5. "The Land of Misfit Toys": Reimagining Community and Freedom6. "Something Mystical and Fine": Reimagining Ritual and Spiritual Experience7. "A Gypsy Community": Cycling, Learning, and Moving On8. "A Spontaneous Social Experiment"NotesBibliographyIndex