Ferdinand Tönnies on crime and society: an unexplored contribution to criminological sociology

  title={Ferdinand T{\"o}nnies on crime and society: an unexplored contribution to criminological sociology},
  author={M. Deflem},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  pages={116 - 87}
  • M. Deflem
  • Published 1999
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • History of the Human Sciences
  • I offer a discussion of the criminological sociology of Ferdinand Tönnies (1855-1936). While Tönnies is generally well known for his theory of Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, his elaborate contributions to the sociological study of crime have been almost entirely neglected in the history of sociology. Situated within Tönnies’ general theoretical perspective, I present the central themes of Tönnies’ study of crime and discuss its conceptual and methodological characteristics as a distinct… CONTINUE READING

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