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Intentional Communities

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Intentional communities are an idea and practice as old as humankind itself. Once largely the preserve of utopian literature, intentional communities began to be used in real social experiments from the eighteenth century in Europe and the United States in particular, but also across the rest of the world. Since then, there have been numerous attempts to define and classify these communities and assess their impact on society and the environment. Understood as forms of human coexistence that seek to change the society surrounding them, intentional communities have evolved over time but remain subversive and innovative in nature. This chapter presents a brief journey through the history of intentional communities, definitions of the concept, their contemporary relevance, and the debates surrounding them.

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Escribano, P. (2022). Intentional Communities. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38948-2_97-1

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