• April 15th, 2016

Emile Durkheim

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Emile Durkheim writes, “but not only does the division of labor present the character by which we have defined morality; it more and more tends to become the essential condition of social solidarity.”

Please answer ALL parts of all three questions within the essay.

A. Explain Durkheim’s understanding of the relationship between the modern division of labor and social solidarity. 1. Explain what Durkheim means by the “division of labor”. 2. Describe the difference between earlier forms of mechanical solidarity and the organic solidarity associated with the modern division of labor. 3. Explain what causes this shift. 4. Describe the change in the content of “collective conscience”.

B. What does Durkheim see as the consequences for a) the individual and b) society under the “normal” form of the modern division of labor. How does this normal division of labor differ from its “forced” and “anomic” forms?

C. How might Max Weber criticize Durkheim’s model?

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