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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."
"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.