Abstract

This qualitative study examines the social practices and behaviors of members of Twin Oaks Community, attempts to discern the factors that have led to its success, and analyzes these factors to form a bridge between their largely nonreligious belief system and practices of religious intentional communities. Through participant observation and a series of in-depth interviews, it can be concluded that Twin Oaks is successful in large part because of its shared value system, mandatory labor process, and collective rejection of mainstream society, particularly modern capitalism.

Advisor

Craven, Christa

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

Disciplines

Other Religion | Politics and Social Change | Regional Sociology

Publication Date

2013

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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