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The term “society” means (1) people living together; (2) a more or less independent association of people with institutionalized relations (Institution) that are regulated by sanctions, and also with certain common values, aims, and interests (e.g., Nation, Nationalism); and (3) an organization set up for a specific purpose (distinguished by F. Tönnies from the society that grows up of itself and has its purpose within itself). For the most part the term has sense (2) in modern sociolo…

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de Valk, Jakob M. M., “Society”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.31>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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