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Volksgemeinschaft By Volovici, Marc

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1172-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 18 April 2024, from


The German term Volksgemeinschaft, normally translated as ‘national community’ or ‘people’s community’, expresses an ideal image of a harmonious and united society. The term draws on German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies’s (1855–1936) interpretation of Gemeinschaft as a social model characteristic of families, neighbors and small communities, in which relationships are based on selflessness, solidarity and common values.

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