Social Alternatives

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Against All Odds
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1985
The shadow haunting the power structure is the danger that those who are controlled will realize they are powerless only so long as they think they are. Once people stop believing they are powerless t...
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
Hutchins, Loraine, Kaahumanu, Lani (ed.)
Book
1991
A collection of essays by 75 authors on bisexual identity.
Breaking the Bonds: The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships
Watson, Mary Ann; Whitlock, Flint
Book
1982
An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
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 historie...
Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation
Forsey, Helen (ed.)
Book
1993
Forsey, an activist and writer who works with the Federation of Egalitarian Communites has put together a collection of essays, and interviews with First Nations, religious orders and rural intentiona...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Communes in America: The Place Just Right
Horowitz, Elinor Lander
Book
1972
Traces the history of collective settlements in the United States and compares their organization and purpose with the communes of today.
Communes USA: A Personal Tour
Fairfield, Richard
Book
1972
An account of a variety of communes in the United States.
The Communistic Societies of the United States
Nordhoff, Charles
Book
1875
Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life
Goodman, Paul & Percival
Book
1947
Visions of urban life.
Community Dreams: Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life
Berkowitz, Bill
Book
1984
A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
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 rig...
Dream Tower: The Life and Legacy of Rochdale College
Mietkiewicz, Henry; Mackowycz, Bob
Book
1988
Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams
Kuyek, Joan Newman
Book
1990
Detailed information and advice on how to organize a group for social change.
Global Visions: Beyond the News World Order
Brecher, Jeremy; Childs, John Brown; Cutler, Jill
Book
1993
This book seeks to establish how our diverse globalizing world can be turned into a common home. The authors create a dialogue about the two types of globalization occurring in the world: globalizatio...
Goodman, Paul: Connexipedia Article
Article
American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
Group Marriage: A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage
Constantine, Larry L. and Joan
Book
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 ...
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
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.
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
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). G...
The Need for Alternative Employment
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1989
An alternative economy would enable movement people to integrate their bread labour with their social change work.
New Options for America
Satin, Mark
Book
1991
...
The New Radicals: A Report with Documents
Jacobs, Paul; Landau, Saul
Book
1966
An analytical portrait of the young radical activists who have repudiated traditional liberalsim and who seek a new vision of American through civil rights, university reform, and anti-war and anti-po...
New Reformation: Notes of a Neolithic Conservative
Goodman, Paul
Book
1969
Goodman says: "For green grass and clean rivers, children with bright eyes and good color whatever the color, people safe from being pushed around so they can be themselves -- for a few things like th...
Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today
Carlsson, Chris
Book
2008
As capitalism continues to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging through which people are taking back their time and technological know-...
Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
Website
Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
People or Personnel and Like a Conquered Province
Goodman, Paul
Book
1968
Goodman offers his analysis of what is wrong with American society, and what could be done about it.
People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory
Alpert, David H.
Book
1985
Explores the theory of power on which all successful nonviolent action is based, the blocks which keep people from acting when confronted with injustice, and the roles played in any nonviolent campaig...
Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Borsodi, Ralph
Book
1968
Ralph Borsodi's magnum opus, outlining his philosophy of society and the practical implications that flow from it.
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
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 wi...
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
To Have or To Be?
Fromm, Erich
Book
1976
Fromm calls for a social and psychological revolution. He argues that two modes of existence are in fierce conflict: the Having Mode, dedicated to material possession and property, agressiveness, pers...
The Uses of Disorder: Personal Identity and City Life
Sennett, Richard
Book
1970
An examination of the ways the modern city has failed, and an exploration of new modes of urban organization through which city life can become richer and more life-affirming.
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
The Youth Communes
Ald, Roy
Book
1970
A short survey of American youth communes of the late 1960s.

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Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
The Preservation Institute
Today, most people recognize that modernization and growth can harm the natural environment. The Preservation Institute believes that modernization also damages the social environment - that many of our social problems are side-ef...

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Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
The Preservation Institute
The Natural Environment : The Social Environment
Website
Today, most people recognize that modernization and growth can harm the natural environment. The Preservation Institute believes that modernization also damages the social environment - that many of o...