IDEAL TYPES AND SOCIETIES

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IDEAL TYPES AND SOCIETIES The origin of the concept of Ideal Types is credited to the German sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920). How to use the concept of Ideal Types Ideal Types are used in a classification system which is composed of two ideal types each of which form the opposite extremes of the classification system. The two ideal types are exaggerations of reality and are ussed only for reasons of comparisions. In reality nothing conforms perfectly to the characteristicsof the ideal types. THE CONTINUUM The continuum is an unbroken series of gradations representing different degrees between the characteristics of two ideal types. All of reality can be placed somewhere on the continuum. IDEAL TYPES OF SOCIETIES Several sociologists have used the concept of ideal types to compare and constrast difference societies. Ferdinand Tonnies (1855-1936) created two ideal types of societies called Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft. The Gemeinschaft was a traditional, rural, agrarian society, characterized by a strong sense of community with many
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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