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Introduced in classical social theory, they are used to discuss the different kinds of social ties that exist in small, rural, traditional societies versus large-scale, modern, industrial ones. This kind of social organization is common to large-scale, modern, industrial, and cosmopolitan societies that are structured around large organizations of government and private enterprise, both of which often take the form of bureaucracies. Organizations and the social order as a whole are organized by a complex division of labor, roles, and tasks. As Weber explained, such a form of social order is the result of "rational agreement by mutual consent," meaning members of society agree to participate and abide the given rules, norms, and practices because rationality tells them that they benefit by doing so. This means that though they are useful conceptual tools for seeing and understanding how society works, they are rarely if ever observed exactly as they are defined, nor are they mutually exclusive.

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This book, first published in , presents a simple and elegant model. The individual is inseparable from an organic whole, which developed together not primarily as a result of rational deliberation but rather as a result of evolving practices.

Mentally, humans in community are directed by "natural will," i. Economically, humans are connected with the land and involved in face-to-face trade in goods. Legally, they are constrained by traditions and collective possession. In a pure form, Gemeinschaft is religious communism. In "society," however, individual life is detached from its organic basis. The individual becomes a rational free agent. Mentally, the individual is directed by "artificial will," i. Economically, the individual maximizes his wealth and power through increasingly abstract market activity.

Legally, individuals compete with one another for power and must therefore enter compacts to protect the peace. Public opinion replaces custom, the state replaces the town, and global capitalism replaces the land.

He is very murky on this point. First, for example, he pretends to be "objectively" analyzing two different forms of healthy human association.

Yet the reader would have to be very thick to miss the fact that his sympathies lie overwhelmingly with community. It is there that he sees "true" freedom, as well as warmth, creativity, and security. He portrays civil society as soulless and brutal; it is a "state of war," in his beautiful inversion of the picture painted by Thomas Hobbes, whereas the state of nature is a state of peace.

He leans different ways at different times, switching between materialism and idealism. I have no problem with that, except where it leads him to succumb, in discussing the present and future of the European economy, to the temptations of Marxist or Comtean orthodoxy.

Third, his inability to come to terms with the aforesaid issue is probably one reason he dithers over whether the inevitable outcome of late Gesellschaft will be a global socialist oligarchy or a global proletarian revolution in favor of communism.

That strikes me as kind of tragic. Anyway, this is a very clear translation of a very thought-provoking text. I recommend it highly.

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Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft

This book, first published in , presents a simple and elegant model. The individual is inseparable from an organic whole, which developed together not primarily as a result of rational deliberation but rather as a result of evolving practices. Mentally, humans in community are directed by "natural will," i. Economically, humans are connected with the land and involved in face-to-face trade in goods. Legally, they are constrained by traditions and collective possession. In a pure form, Gemeinschaft is religious communism. In "society," however, individual life is detached from its organic basis.

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Ferdinand Tönnies

The two had seven children, four sons and three daughters. He taught at the University of Kiel from to and eventually became a private lecturer. He held this post at the University of Kiel for only three years. He returned to Kiel as a professor emeritus in where he took on a teaching position in sociology and taught until when he was ousted by the Nazis , due to earlier publications in which he had criticized them. Many of his writings on sociological theories—including Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft —furthered pure sociology.

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