Women in Intentional Communities: making love with worlds and other transformational things

Helen Quinn

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This thesis is Deleuzean-Guattarian study of women’s expressions of potentially
transformative worldings imbricated in the fourfold assemblages of intentional, or designed, communities. The women’s expressions of community reach beyond intention or design to suggest community as the events of productive desire. They fall in love with worlds and become worthy of the event of such worlds and with the potential of transformative worldings. Intentional communities as assemblages of desiring production are continuously producing and transforming worlds to fall in love with. The women fall in love with the worlds of other people, gurus, some notion of home, place, spirituality and ecowork. Their love affairs underpin their counteractualisations
and creations of a sustainable life; one that is unthinkable without the
spiritual. Such a life is not about intentional communities, as such, but about the
relations within the processes of potentially transformative worldings. A DeleuzeanGuattarian sense of positive, productive desire underpins the ways the women in this study construe the multiplicity of and serendipitous nature of the communities that frame their worlds. In this way, each women becomes a small circuit breaker, creating and transforming ‘worlds’ in the pragmatic conditions of the wider desiring machine. However, this thesis suggests that there is more to a Deleuzean analysis of transformative worldings given that such processes also interconnect with the unintended, aleatory nature of communities as ecologies where women are implicated as part of a series of becomings, or transformative worldings, within assemblages that engender those ‘worlds’. Duration inflects all ethnographic research, given that the time of the research, the time of the memory implicated in and vital for such research provides the sensations/forces that produce the multiplicity of its elements in the transformational capture of the thesis.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Wallace, Joy, Co-Supervisor
  • Letts, Will, Co-Supervisor
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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