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Tönnies: Community and Civil Society

Tönnies: Community and Civil Society

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521567824

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  • Ferdinand Tönnies' 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'. Tönnies 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 Tönnies' work to a fresh generation of English-speaking readers with interests in social and political theory and the history of European ideas.

    • New, more readable translation
    • Relates Tönnies to the history of philosophy, political thought, science and law, rather than to later developments in sociology
    • Introduction explains ideas and provenance of a writer often regarded as impossibly difficult
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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

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    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521567824
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction
    Chronology of Tönnies' life and career
    Community and Civil Society
    Tönnies' Preface to the first edition of 1887
    1.1. A general classification of key ideas
    1.2. Theory of Gesellschaft
    2.1. The forms of human will
    2.2. Explanation of the dichotomy
    3.1. The sociological basis of natural law
    3.2. Definitions and propositions
    3.3. The natural element in law
    Conclusions and future prospects.

  • Author

    Ferdinand Tönnies

    Editor

    Jose Harris, University of Oxford

    Translator

    Margaret Hollis

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