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.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kalinowski, C. (2017). The Typology of Community: A Case Study Analysis of Three Intentional Communities [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/670/
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