One of the first major studies of sociology, this book explores the clash between small-scale neighborhood-based communities and the large-scale competitive. More recently, Ferdinand Tönnies examines the clash between small-scale neighborhood-based communities and the large-scale competitive market society. Community and Society has 56 ratings and 3 reviews. Jonathan said: After years of getting him secondhand, I thought it was high time to read Tönnies dire.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A classic in its field, Community and Society was not the first book to explore the composition of, and relationship between, these two types of social groups. Confucius spoke of fundamental social relationships between friends, family members, and rulers and subjects.
Similarly, Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and other great thinkers produced clear-cut classical outlin A classic in its field, Community and Society was not the first book to explore the composition of, and relationship between, these two types of social groups.
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Similarly, Plato, Aristotle, Ferdinaand Aquinas, and other great thinkers produced clear-cut classical outlines of the two groups. In doing so, he considered all aspects of life — political, economic, legal, and family; art, religion, and culture; construction of “selfhood” and “personhood”; and modes of cognition, language, and understanding.
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Be the first communiyy ask a question about Community and Society. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This book, first published inpresents a simple and elegant model. The individual is inseparable from an organic whole, which developed together not primarily as a result of rational deliberation but rather as a result of evolving practices.
Mentally, humans in community are directed by “natural will,” i. Economically, humans are connected with the land and involved in face-to-face trade in goods. Legally, they are constrained by traditions and collective possession.
In a pure form, Gemeinschaft is religious communism. In “society,” however, individual life is detached from socoety organic basis. The individual becomes a rational free agent. Mentally, the individual is directed by “artificial will,” i. Economically, the individual maximizes his wealth and power through increasingly abstract market activity.
Legally, individuals compete with one another for power and must therefore enter compacts to protect the peace. Public opinion replaces custom, the state replaces the town, and global capitalism replaces the land. He is very murky on this point. First, for example, he pretends to be “objectively” analyzing two different forms of healthy human association.
Yet the reader would have to be very thick to miss the fact that his sympathies lie overwhelmingly with community. It is there that he sees “true” freedom, as well as warmth, creativity, and security. He portrays civil society as soulless and brutal; it is a “state of war,” snd his beautiful inversion of the picture painted by Thomas Hobbes, whereas the state of nature is a state of peace.
He leans different ways at different times, switching between materialism and idealism. I have no problem with that, except where it leads him to succumb, in discussing the present and future of the European economy, to the temptations of Marxist or Comtean orthodoxy. tonniew
Third, his inability to come to terms with the aforesaid issue is probably one reason he dithers over whether the inevitable outcome of late Gesellschaft will be a global socialist oligarchy or a global proletarian revolution in favor of communism. Yet to choose sociology over history is to establish society over community as the inevitable trend of one’s mode of thought. That strikes me as kind of tragic.
Anyway, this is a very clear translation of a very thought-provoking text.
Community and Society
I recommend it sodiety. Jul 16, Sandra rated it liked it. It is evident to see how influential Tonnies original views from have been on sociologists, anthropologists, etc This book is based on two concepts to explain human mentality and behavior – Gemenischaft community and Gesellschaft society. Sean rated it liked it Feb 26, Richard Seaman rated it liked it Nov 09, Cassey rated it liked it Dec 03, Ovunc rated it really liked it Feb 26, Will rated it liked it Jan 18, Gabriele Coltorti rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Vince Garin otnnies it really liked it Dec 21, ad Otto Snaps rated it liked it Jun 01, Wolf rated it really liked it Jun 02, Arianna Edmond rated it did not like it Feb 10, Grecel rated it really liked it Sep 16, Dragana rated it liked it May soceity, Eloise rated it really liked it Sep 23, John rated it really liked it Feb 08, Pedro rated it liked it Feb 19, Daniel Petrides rated it really liked it Feb 13, Billyodaniel rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Tetsuya rated it liked it Apr 03, Arian Taher rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Robert rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Tomasz rated it liked it Sep 12, Ivan Nora rated it really liked it Jun 02, Janet Pants rated it really liked it Sep 12, Communiyy rated it liked it Apr 05, Dima Shykula rated it it was amazing May 21, Andd are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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