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  1. Alternate Societies
    A brief survey on intentional community in European history

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1993
    A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
  2. Alternative Americas
    An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
  3. American Commune
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Sisters Rena and Nadine return to The Farm, the legendary hippie commune in Tennessee where they were raised, to tell the story of their alternative family and the rise and fall of America's largest utopian socialist experiment.
  4. Anarchism's Mid-Century Turn
    A Review & Response: Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century,

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    No matter how one feels about it, the current state of anarchism has represented something of a mystery: What was once a mass movement based mainly in working class immigrant communities is now an archipelago of subcultural scenes inhabited largely by disaffected young people from the white middle class.
  5. Begin at Start
    Some Thoughts on Personal Liberation and World Change

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    Sue Negrin talks about her experiences in the hip, free school, mysticism, New Left, feminist and gay movements; how she sees them shedding old skins and coming together in a new way.
  6. Breaking the Bonds
    The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
  7. Building Economic Alternatives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1992
    Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
  8. The Case for Grassroots Archives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions.
  9. Coming Back to Life
    Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1998
    A guidebook for dealing with the despair that stands in the way our our changing the world.
  10. Commune (intentional community)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, property, possessions, resources, work and income.
  11. Commune (socialism)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Almost universally, communists, left-wing socialists, anarchists and others have seen the Commune as a model for the liberated society that will come after the masses are liberated from capitalism, a society based on participatory democracy from the grass roots up.
  12. Communism and the Family (Part One)
    The Marxist Approach to Women's Liberation

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Replacing the family with collective institutions is the most radical aspect of the communist program and will bring about the deepest, most sweeping changes in daily life, not least for children.
  13. Communism and the Family (Part Two)
    The Marxist Approach to Women's Liberation

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The family is the primary institution through which bourgeois ideology in its various forms is transmitted from one generation to the next.
  14. The Communistic Societies of the United States
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1965
    Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
  15. Connexions
    Volume 4, Number 2 - March 1979 - Native Rights/Les Droits des Autochtones

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1979
  16. Connexions
    Volume 6, Number 4 - November 1981 - Unorganized Workers/Travailleurs Non-Organises

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1981
  17. Connexions
    Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1982
  18. Connexions
    Volume 7, Number 4 - December 1982 - Housing

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1982
  19. The Connexions Annual: Introductions to the directory & its sections
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1994
  20. Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1994
    A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rights, civil liberties, social change.
  21. Connexions Archive seeks a new home
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
  22. Counterculture
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day.
  23. Diggers and Dreamers: The Guide to Communal Living
    Resource Type: Book
  24. The Ethical Slut
    A guide to infinite sexual possibilities

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1997
    A guide for anyone who dreams of having all the sex and love and friendship they want. Explores the skills and issues of a life beyond tradiational lifetime monogamy, from scheduling dates to handling jealousy, finding partners, resolving conflict, and raising children.
  25. Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN)
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  26. Free Ourselves
    Forgotten Goals of the Revolution

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    How do we liberate ourselves?
  27. Group Marriage
    A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who enters into such relationships, how they communicate, how children and adults relate, how conflicts are resolved.
  28. The Harrowsmith Reader
    An Anthology from Canada's National Award Winning Magazine of Country Life and Alternatives to Bigness

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1978
    Articles on land, country careers, shelter, gardening, husbandry, food, trees, and rural life.
  29. Hippies
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A subculture which was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world.
  30. Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
  31. Loving More
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    A newsletter published by PEP (Polyfidelitious Educational Productions), a group marriage journal and network. Previous title was PEPTALK; name was changed to Loving More starting with the Spring 1991 issue (Issue #26), and to Loving More Magazine ins 1994. Some copies of this publication are in the Connexions Archive.
    See also the Loving More website www.lovemore.com.
  32. Susan McCord, "Beavertalk.COM" Internet Talk Show Host, Producer, Writer
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  33. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
    Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called “the battle of memory”. Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.” People’s history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Their role is particularly important as official archives are forced to restrict acquisitions, limit access and discard materials as funding is slashed.
  34. Open Marriage
    A New Life Style for Couples

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    The authors propose open marriage as a way to help couples realize that there can be both relatedness and freedom in marriage, and that freedom, with the growth and responsibility it entails, can be the basis for intimacy and love.
  35. PEPCON
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1990
  36. Peptalk
    Periodical profile published 1989

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1989
  37. Proposition 31
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1969
  38. Radical Simplicity And The Middle Class
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    A description of what a life of radical simplicity might look like suggesting radical simplicity is appealing, provided that the transition was anticipated and widely negotiated.
  39. Rochdale
    The Runaway Collage

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1987
    Toronto's Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbpl of the flower-child Sixties, a financial and social controversy. Sharpe tells the story of the college's seven-year rise and fall.
  40. Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America
    Nineteenth-Century America

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing with the sexual life of the group as a whole.
  41. The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2003
  42. '68: The Year of the Barricades
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1988
    Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening around the world.
  43. Sources welcomes Susan McCord
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Sources welcomes a new member, Susan McCord, "Beavertalk.COM" Internet Talk Show Host, Producer, Writer.
  44. Steal This Book
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
  45. Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America
    Original title: History of American Socialisms

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1966
    Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
  46. Underground Times
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The story of Canadian 'underground' newspapers of the 1960s.
  47. Voyages To Utopia
    From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
  48. When Will the Media Really Get Polyamory?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Why do the media so often miss the mark when they write articles or do a feature on polyamory? Why do so many approach the subject with a ready-made idea of what they are looking for?
  49. Why Do Communities Fail?
    Resource Type: Article
    The strains that take their toll on community groups.

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