Community and Society

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ISBN-13: 978-0486424972
ISBN-10: 0486424979
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486424979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486424972
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Held on December 28, 2008
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Tonnies wasn't the first to recognize the differences between a community (Gemeinschaft) and a society (Gesellschaft). Durkheim termed it mechanical and organic solidarity, Cooley primary and secondary groups, and Spencer militant and industrial but none defined it with the precision as Tonnies. To describe it today in layman's terms one must reference differences between rural and urban America, between religion and secular organizations, and between ever-changing popular opinion and relatively unchanging mores and folklore.

Gemeinschaft is translated from German to English as "community". Tonnies's community is one that encompasses a family and its surroundings to include one's natural will controlled by the folklores and mores of the village one lives. The mores and folklore are controlled by the church through religion. These mores and folklore very rarely change resulting in a continued safe manor of behavior by its residents. What is good for the community is placed above that of the individual. This control is achieved through the church by use of public ridicule and embarrassment. The individual is limited in one's freedom for to exercise certain forbidden freedoms will result in the entire community knowing. The community is small and nothing goes unseen. This restricts freedoms of the individual to blossom into what one may wish to be or who one is biologically. The fringes of politics, religion, and sexuality are repressed so that the community puts forth one face to the outside world, a face of harmony and content. Homosexuality, Liberalism, Scientology could be some of the fringe elements of a Gemeinschaft society that would be repressed for the greater good of the community.
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By asrani gopaul on April 2, 2015
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good book. nice reading and very enriching
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By Anonymous on May 30, 2015
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PPP=Perfectly pleasing purchase
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Publish in kindle format
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kihong Kim on February 5, 2015
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not good printed.
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