Tonnies' Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft. Is There a Formula for That?
This conception allows presenting the idea of the 19th century thinker in a precise way using the language of the present-day mathematics and the formal theory created by the winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. We will show the potential of Tönnies' theory for investigation on mass decision-making.
Partial homogeneity structure introduced by Straffin can be understood as a structure of ideological closeness of members of a decision-making assembly. We will show that this structure can be treated as an operationalization of Tönnies’ idea of the natural will (Wesenwille) and arbitrary will (Kürwille). Thanks to the oceanic game models it can be used as a tool for the investigation of mass decision-making such as referenda and general elections.
In the presentation besides the theoretical background we will show reliable sociological interpretations and applications for social research of formal models based on the Tönnies’ conception.