Abstract

Typological schemes like those produced by Emile Durkheim and Ferdinand Tönnies have been used to classify human groups in an evolutionary spectrum ranging from the simple to the complex. Though the typological approach was foundational to further development of the western social sciences it is seldom used to examine what might be termed "simple" societies in the modern day. This study aims to apply the contributions of the two theorists listed above to the concept of the modern intentional community. Although these communities comprise an eclectic and diverse social phenomenon, their characteristic small populations and other features make them intriguing subjects for the application of theoretical concepts previously reserved for earlier cultural groups existing peripheral to the developed state.

Advisor

Kathryn Elliott

First Committee Member

Keith Luebke

Second Committee Member

Susan Schalge

Date of Degree

2017

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Anthropology

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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