Durkheim Were Alive Today, What Elements In Term Paper

Length: 1 pages Subject: Sociology Type: Term Paper Paper: #58159374 Related Topics: Emile Durkheim, Industrial Sociology, Nuclear Family, Biology
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Durkheim were alive today, what elements in the post-industrial world would he say are representative of "mechanical solidarity" and what elements represent "organic solidarity?" Could his theory account for both of these co-existing in post-modern society? Why or why not?

According to Ritzer, the sociologist Emile Durkheim viewed human solidarity under two basic divisions or constructs. The first is that of mechanical solidarity. If solidarity is a form of social cohesion, mechanical solidarity is based upon a sense of physical likeness or ritual similarities between individuals in any particular society. It is dependent on shared customs routines. Although Durkheim usually discusses this concept amongst prehistoric societies and suggests that the need for this solidarity has decreased in...


n post-modernity, this may not be the case -- as much as the sociologist might have liked.

Firstly, the adoption of 'trends' from the street and the mechanical, commonly shared rituals of commuting to work with one's peers, the fact all individuals share the same biological needs of sleep and food and tend to adopt one another's practices and rituals regarding these (in everything from all-night coffee houses near campuses to fast food take out in suburbia) creates a sense of a…

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