Ferdinand Tonnies Theory: Overview & Explanation


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Ferdinand Tonnies was a _____.

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1. Gemeinschaft refers to groups that are smaller and more personal, like those found in which of the following?

2. Unlike the gemeinschaft, the gesellschaft refers to larger more impersonal groups, including what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ferdinand Tonnies was a renowned sociologist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who developed numerous significant theories about communities and individuals. This quiz and worksheet combination will help determine how familiar you are with his work by asking questions pertaining to some of his most important concepts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • Characteristics of gemeinschaft
  • Gesellschaft specifics
  • Relationship between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft

Skills Practiced

Prepare to practice numerous skills, including:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as gemeinschaft and gesellschaft
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding an important characteristic of gemeinschaft
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about groups involved in gemeinschaft and gesellschaft

Additional Learning

Learn more by studying the accompanying lesson, Ferdinand Tonnies Theory: Overview & Explanation. This lesson will develop the following topics:

  • Biographical background of Ferdinand Tonnies
  • Examples of gemeinschaft
  • Gesellschaft examples
  • Split between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft
  • Goal of Tonnies' theory