Community And Society / Edition 1

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Overview

This extraordinary prescient work by Ferdinand Toennies was written in 1887 for a small coterie of scholars, and over the next fifty years continued to grow in importance and adherents. Its translator into English, Charles P. Loomis, well described it as a volume which pointed back into the Middle Ages and ahead into the future in its attempt to answer the questions: "What are we? Where are we? Whence did we come? Where are we going?" If the questions seem portentous in the extreme, the answers Toennies provides are modest and compelling.

Every major field from sociology, to psychology, to anthropology, has found this to be a praiseworthy book. The admirable translation by Professor Loomis did much to transfer praise for the Toennies text from the German to the English-speaking world. Now, outfitted with a brilliant new opening essay by John Samples, the author of a recent full-scale biographical work on Toennies, Community and Society is back in print; a welcome reminder of the glorious past of German social science.

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"Toennies' great classic serves to bring a much needed addition to the American shelves of sociological theory. Toennies may now be better understood as a sociologist who sought to study and thoroughly analyze the social nature of man and the 'things' which result from social life."

—Sociology and Social Life.

"Toennies' typology has provided a focus for American anthropologists and sociologists in their work on problems of social change. Perhaps of the most general significance, however, are Toennies' basic statements on the use of normal concepts in empirical analysis, from which Max Weber's 'ideal-typical' method received its impetus."

Contemporary Psychology.

"Toennies' fundamental insight into the types of social organization and their influence on the corresponding types of personality and culture has been generally accepted. Durkheim's work and Redfield's folk-urban typology reflect the influence of his thought. Community and Society is a rich, seminal work which will repay careful study by students of theoretical anthropology and sociology."

The American Anthropologist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887387500
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Ferdinand Tönnies (1855–1936) was a noted German sociologist and political scientist.

John Samples directs Cato’s Center for Representative Government, and is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has taught political science at Rutgers University and Southwest Texas University.

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