The Sociological Reaction to Whitney Houston's Death

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The Sociological Reaction to Whitney Houston's Death (Order #A2063824) It was on February 11, 2012 that singer Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room just hours before she was scheduled to attend a party. The 48 year old singer's "last days were spent surrounded by family, catching up with old friends and doing a bit of what she was best known for: singing." ("Whitney Houston Obituary") However, within an hour of the announcement of her death, literally millions of fans from around the world were reacting as if they had lost a very close, personal friend. While the vast majority of the world went about their daily business without effect, some people, who likely never actually met Whitney Houston, were grieving. Ferdinand Tonnies, a 19th century German sociologist, formulated a theory about two types of social relationships which can be loosely translated as "community," and "society." In the case of Whitney Houston's death, the coroner's autopsy report, which would normally only be viewed by a small number of close personal friends within the deceased's immediate community, has been publicly released and the intimate information contained within it has been exposed to millions of people worldwide. In the 1800's, Ferdinand Tonnies, a leading German sociologist, developed the idea that social relationships fall into one of two categories: "community" and "society." These terms, however, are differentiated by Tonnies by whether or not they have

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