Ferdinand Tönnies

Tönnies, Ferdinand (fĕrˈdēnänt tönˈyəs) [key], 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 Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Sociology: Biographies


Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Same Game

Try Our Math Flashcards