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I. The H-COMMUNAL-SOCIETIES Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

This network will be concerned with topics related to intentional communities, including the academic study of communities, participation and membership in them, and curatorship and other activities related to the preservation of historic communal sites and artifacts. By intentional communities we mean any social arrangement of three or more unrelated adults who voluntarily choose some form of cooperation usually involving a common living space and a shared economic system. Participants are expected to be academics, museum personnel, communitarians, students, and other interested parties. This list will facilitate dialogue between the various groups with an interest in communal societies that would otherwise not be possible, facilitating discussion of a number of topics, including, but not limited to, gender roles, role of the individual in a communal society, child rearing, freedom and responsibility, architecture and space, allocation of tasks, and relations with external society. Currently there is no such listserv for this topic and opportunities for communication are limited to annual conferences, newsletters, periodicals, and individual contacts. This listserv will enable those with an interest in communal societies to interact in a way not previously possible.

The list is sponsored by the Communal Studies Association.

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IV. The H-COMMUNAL-SOCIETIES Site on the World Wide Web

In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail, H-COMMUNAL-SOCIETIES also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at H-COMMUNAL-SOCIETIES web site contains the following information and services:

The archives of the H-COMMUNAL-SOCIETIES list, known as its "logs." They are in searchable and sortable format. The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
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V. Advisory Board.

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