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Ferdinand Tonnies

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson examine Ferdinand Tonnies, gemeinschaft, and gesellschaft.

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Ferdinand Tonnies

A sociologist who studied social groupings and is famous for his categorization of social groups as Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft.


A form of community organization where group membership and tradition create bonds and solidarity.


A form of community organization where individualism, modernization, and inter-dependent social needs creates solidarity.