Cultures of Information Policy and Practice: The Ethnoinformatic Research Potential of America's Utopian Experiments.
utilitarian but is also in service of particular goals and worldviews. Just as the ways in
which societies organize themselves into buildings, communities and towns reflect their
particular needs and values, so too does their organization of records and texts, their
selective provision of information resources, and their choices of what to preserve, how,
and for how long.
America’s rich history of experimental, microcosmic utopian communities provides a
unique opportunity to examine the role of information in their attempts at social
reorganization. Short vignettes of the cultural histories of information in New Harmony,
Icaria, Brook Farm, Ruskin, Shaker, Harmony, Rugby, and Moravian communities are
examined to offer some insight into the ethnographic research potential of information in
America’s utopian societies.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:libraries history utopian societies shakers rugby tennessee moravian church icaria
Date of Publication:04/19/2004