Essays Tagged: "Émile Durkheim"

Is totemism a religion? An analysis of Emile Durkheim's view of totemism in 'The Elementary Forms of Religion'

ster's New Dictionary , "A system of faith and worship." In The Elementary Forms of Religion, Emile Durkheim, a French Sociologist from the 19th Century, examines totemism in an effort to draw univers ... ist from the 19th Century, examines totemism in an effort to draw universals between all religions. Durkheim sets his focus on Australian totemism, because it is the most "primitive culture" with the ...

(8 pages) 127 0 3.4 Dec/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith


power to change it." The meaning of democracy leave a lot of room for further interpretation. Emile Durkheim, a functionalist wrote The Normality of Crime and Karl Marx along with Frederick Engle who ... the author of Manifesto of the Communist Party, each have different perspective views in democracy.Durkheim states that "crime is normal because it is completely impossible for any society entirely f ...

(3 pages) 82 0 3.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays

Durkheim's study of suicide rates and the social facts that affect societies and individuals within those societies

Study of SuicideDurkheim's book 'Suicide: A study in sociology', published in 1897 defines suicide as "all causes of ... mporaries who believed that influences such as inherited mental disorder resulted in suicide, Emile Durkheim chose to look instead at suicide purely as a 'social fact', rather that the act of an indiv ... an individual (Turner, et al 1995, p 329). Through analysis of government figures on suicide rates, Durkheim tried to measure and explain suicide as a social phenomenon. In his book, Durkheim rejected ...

(9 pages) 221 1 4.5 May/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Political Theory

Durkheim's Suicide - how this century old research can be applied to today's youths.

o do with the individual's mental state and well-being. However, a major figure in sociology, Emile Durkheim set out to prove that suicide was the result of social forces. Even after a century, he is ... sitive or negative act of the victim himself, which he knows must produce this result" according to Durkheim. In this essay, I will discuss the reasons why Durkheim wrote about suicide, the social sui ...

(15 pages) 240 0 4.3 Nov/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Functionalist View of Society

st theory and the conflict theory are less clearly defined than in the times of Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim. However the main class groups such as landowners and the working class can still be identi ... hole society will fail because of it.The functionalist perspective is embedded in the work of Emile Durkheim (1858-1917). It gives us the view of society as an organism in which each part functions in ...

(2 pages) 156 0 5.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Explore Durkheim's contribution to sociological theory

Explore Durkheim's contribution to sociological theoryEmile Durkheim was born in France, and is widely regar ... ology: an approach developed by the North American sociologists Talcott Parsons, and Roberts Merton.Durkheim always perceived his objective as establishing the legitimacy of sociology as a science, wi ... important social context to it; and that the field of sociology is the best for it's interpretation.Durkheim's other important contribution to sociological theory, was his work on social values and al ...

(12 pages) 262 0 4.5 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays

Emile Durkheim's 1897 analysis of suicide.

Emile Durkheim, a sociologist in 1897, was a pioneer in his field. He set out to explain why some social g ... rated as others. Social integration is the attachments, ties, and shared bonds one has with others. Durkheim believed that the less social integration one had, the more likely they were to commit suic ... hing is infallible, that his research was the first to examine the inner social workings of suicide.Durkheim believed as a general rule, that the more social integration one experienced, the less like ...

(3 pages) 71 0 3.5 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Society and community

In this essay I will describe two sociological perspectives; I will also explain the similarities and differences between two of the main theories functionalism and Marxism.

nalism was originally derived by Auguste Compte (1798-1857). It was then developed further by Emile Durkheim (1858-1917).Functionalist theories portray society as a structured system, which have a set ... essential for maintaining that society works harmoniously and orderly. Early functionalists such as Durkheim often drew an analogy between society and an organism like the human body. As the body is r ...

(4 pages) 255 0 4.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Assess the sociological arguments regarding the role of education in modern industrial societies.

ons education makes to the maintenance of the social system. One major Functionalist thinker, Emile Durkheim, views education with three essential functions. These are that it provides social solidari ... it provides specific skills applicable to future occupations. However, David Hargreaves points out Durkheim's weak points within his theory. Hargreaves argues that education is far from succeeding in ...

(4 pages) 136 1 3.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Analysis of "French Structuralism"

h structuralism after having been influenced by a nineteenth-century French sociologist named Emile Durkheim. Durkheim's study of the correlation between diversity, integration, and culture convinced ... eneous cultures are made up of diverse individuals who function independently in the same direction.Durkheim chose to focus on various aspects of group and social unity while placing a large emphasis ...

(3 pages) 56 0 4.3 Apr/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Anthropology

Emile Durkheim's Theories

Emile Durkheim was a man of many theories. Most of his theories were based on the reasons of religion and ... sed on the reasons of religion and why societies and people believe in, and honor, their religions. Durkheim had more of a functionalist's point of view.Most of his career was spent studying religion ... ccepted that religion was an illusion, which was a theory also accepted by Karl Marx and Max Weber. Durkheim connected religion with the overall nature of the institutions of societies. Some of his wo ...

(1 pages) 133 1 3.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays

Intergration into social life and Suicide "An Emile Durkheim View Piont"

This paper will try to put explanation to the thesis of Emile Durkheim 'that one is less likely to commit suicide the more one is drawn into or integrated within ... . Durkheim completed his work on suicide in 1895 in the a case study called 'Le Suicide', with this Durkheim was to have written one of the most influential texts in sociology history. Durkheim saw so ... that society, believing in the ability to explain individual action in terms of society as a whole. Durkheim saw suicide as one of the most private acts an individual could perform, and were it theref ...

(9 pages) 109 0 4.2 Jun/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues

Describe the Functionalist (Emile Durkheim), Conflict (Marxist) and Interactionist approach to the Socialization of Education.

eractionist approach to the Socialization of Education.Education - A Functionalist PerspectiveEmile Durkheim proposed an explicitly functionalist explanation of the role of education in society. The m ... anation of the role of education in society. The major function/task of education was, according to Durkheim, the transmission of society's norms and values. Durkheim considered that all societies mus ...

(4 pages) 256 0 4.6 Jul/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Emile Durheim

EMILE DURKHEIM'S SOCIOLOGY AS THE SCIENTIFICSTUDY OF SOCIAL FACTSINTRODUCTIONAny science that is 'born' us ... evoid of a clearer self-image and a general guiding rule. Such was the case of Sociology, not until Durkheim came up with his splendid classical writings.However, since the inception of Sociology by A ... been the case, apology to no one; Sociology could have crashed, died and buried. But kudos to Emile Durkheim, whose delectable ideas made Sociology what it is today. Though, the likes of Herbert Spenc ...

(25 pages) 150 1 4.8 Sep/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Political Theory

The expansion of technology in society

s more and more people adopt the entrpreneural spirit we saw during the industrial revolution.Emile Durkheim, discussed in his book the "Divison of Labor in Society", some of the exact points which we ... bility of the working class to move up socially, but none the less increased the division of labor. Durkheim said it well when he quoted "In one case as in the other, the structure derives from the di ...

(6 pages) 74 0 4.6 Dec/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

Anomie and Alienation: Catalysts for Society's Disintegration by PJ

Society's evolution into a modern arena brought on numerous changes. Emile Durkheim believed that this shift to modernity triggered a breakdown in social solidarity. Anomie, o ... his rapid transition into a modern state bring about such negative consequences in the first place? Durkheim's argument, especially notable in The Division of Labor and Society, centers on society bei ... ed among the members of society and this was the force that held the society together. This is what Durkheim referred to as mechanical solidarity. But as society and industry became modernized with it ...

(5 pages) 53 0 3.0 Apr/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Thomas Hobbes.

ke links to the analysis of political and social theorists such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Emile Durkheim whose concepts of democracy and social organisation have played a major role in how we toda ... lisation and constitutionalism as characteristics of the modern state. Moreover, by utilising Emile Durkheim's theories of democracy by way of contrast, we shall endeavour to show how a modern state s ...

(6 pages) 107 0 5.0 Nov/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Political Theory

The major contributions of the following theorists to the field of sociology: Augueste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber.

end when the people of the working class unite, and the results will be a classless society. Emile Durkheim conducted various rigorous researchs and came to a conclusion that social factors underlied ... with weaker social ties have a higher possiblity to commit suicide. Max Weber is a comtemporary of Durkheim. He believes that religion is a key factor in the rise of capitalism. Comparing Roman Catho ...

(1 pages) 68 0 3.0 Feb/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber: urban society of the 1800s was deficient, and what would be needed to fix it.

Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber, acting at times as sociologists, economic theorists, and above all, social c ... truggle and to consider the role that capitalism had played in bringing it about. Ultimately, Marx, Durkheim and Weber each provide differing accounts regarding the ways in which the urban society of ... ucers" is thus concealed (Marx 51-55).When we contrast Marx's assessment of capitalist society with Durkheim's, it becomes clear that though each thinker perceived flaws in the system, where Marx favo ...

(6 pages) 119 0 4.3 Feb/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Why is the Concept of 'Social Fact' of Central Importance to Social Scientist?

ts in the past and present, this will include looking at the works of the famous sociologists Emile Durkheim (1858 - 1917). I will also be introducing the notion of structuralism and looking at functi ... , rather I have selected some of the cardinal strengths within the subject matter.By a social fact, Durkheim is referring to facts, concepts, expectations that come not from individual responses and p ...

(6 pages) 80 1 4.6 Mar/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology