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Toennies : Community and Civil Society - Ferdinand Tonnies


Community and Civil Society

By: Ferdinand Tonnies, Jose Harris (Editor), Margaret Hollis (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 2nd July 2001
ISBN: 9780521561198
Number Of Pages: 320

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Ferdinand Toennies' Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (first published in 1887) is a classic of social and political theory, which explores the clash between small-scale neighbourhood-based 'communities' and large-scale competitive market 'societies'. Toennies considers all aspects of life - political, economic, legal and family; art, religion and culture; the construction of 'selfhood' and 'personhood'; and modes of cognition, language and understanding. Often recognised as one of the founding texts of sociology, Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft is also a highly significant contribution to European political thought and philosophy, with particular relevance to the legacies of Hobbes and Kant. It is at once a response to modernity, a theoretical exercise in social, political and moral science, and an unusual commentary on the inner character of 'democratic socialism'. This new English rendition will introduce Toennies' work to a fresh generation of English-speaking readers with interests in social and political theory and the history of European ideas.

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' ... the translators have here done an excellent job of translation from nineteenth-century German to twenty-first century English.' German History

General introduction
Chronology of Tonnies' life and career
Community and Civil Society
Tonnies' Preface to the first edition of 1887
A general classification of key ideas
Theory of Gesellschaft
The forms of human will
Explanation of the dichotomy
The sociological basis of natural law
Definitions and propositions
The natural element in law
Conclusions and future prospects
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ISBN: 9780521561198
ISBN-10: 0521561191
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.55