gemeinschaft society

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A community on a clear-cut piece of territory, socially homogeneous, and tightly knit. Gemeinschaft is dominated by face-to-face contacts, and said to be a feature of villages and small towns, in contrast to gesellschaft society. (Both concepts are idealized; in real life there are ingredients of both, in varying proportions, in all societies). ‘In taking up Tonnies’ classical distinction between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft [1887], networking practices in the transient word of projects might be differentiated into network communality, network sociality and network connectivity' (Grabher (2004) Eur. Urb. & Reg. Studs 11, 2).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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