Ferdinand Tonnies (Toennies)

Tönnies, Ferdinand

Ferdinand Tönnies (fĕr´dēnänt tön´yəs), 1855–1936, German sociologist and political scientist. He is noted for his analysis of the distinction between the older form of spontaneous community based on mutual aid and trust and the modern kind of society in which self-interest predominates.

See his Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (1877; tr. Community and Society, 1957); selected writings, ed. by W. J. Cahnman and R. Heberle (1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Ferdinand Tonnies (Toennies): Selected full-text books and articles

Community and Civil Society By Ferdinand Tonnies; Jose Harris; Margaret Hollis Cambridge University Press, 2001
The Alienation of Modern Man: An Interpretation Based on Marx and Tonnies By Fritz Pappenheim Monthly Review Press, 1959
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Ferdinand Tonnies begins on p. 64
American Social Structure: Historical Antecedents and Contemporary Analysis By Don Martindale Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1960
Librarian's tip: "Tonnies: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft as Interpretations of Medieval and Modern Society" begins on p. 229
Society, Culture, and Personality: Their Structure and Dynamics By Pitirim A. Sorokin Cooper Square Publishers, 1962
Librarian's tip: "Theories of Tonnies, Scheler, Durkheim" begins on p. 112
No Heavenly Delusion? A Comparative Study of Three Communal Movements By Michael Tyldesley Liverpool University Press, 2003
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Ferdinand Tonnies begins on p. 173
A Theory of Public Opinion By Francis Graham Wilson Henry Regnery, 1962
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Tonnies begins on p. 117
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