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The search for community in modern society: An interpretation - Qualitative Sociology,Volume 1, Number 2 / septiembre de 1978
by John J. Macionis

Abstract:
Community theory, at present, gives little importance to communal character in modern urban settings. This “search for community” results from continually conceptualizing community rigidly in terms of the traditional social forms of kinship and rooted neighborhood. Recent interest in social networks has revealed that individuals characterized by mobility and high achievement may not participate in traditional community, but rather in primary friendship networks based upon other variables such as affectivity. A comparative analysis of such networks and traditional community is presented. The primary friendship network while containinggesellschaft characteristics is community-like. Community theory, therefore, must consider manifold forms of primary association to gain a fuller understanding of the communal elements present in modern urban society.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 13 pages
Publisher: Springer Netherlands (1978)
Location: xx, cc
Language: English
ISSN: 0162-0436

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