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Women, Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons
An examination of women's roles, family relationships, and sexuality in three unorthodox 19th-century communal experiments, with analysis of the implications such systems may have for present-day Americans concerned with the sense of crisis in family life and sex roles.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Syracuse University Press
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I liked his other book (Religion and Sexuality) better. That was more cohesive and had a thesis across the whole book; this felt like disjointed essays (and he says as much in the intro). Still gave some good things to think about but if you're only going to read one book by Lawrence Foster comparing the Shakers, Oneida, and Mormons, don't choose this one.
Another book I put down because I have no patience for nonfiction right now, even though I really was enjoying the insights into the three communities. I should probably have skipped around a little more than I did rather than trying to power through the book from start to finish. I will definitely check this one out from the library again when I have a longer attention span (or more free time).