Durkheim & Division of Labor
Emile Durkheim believed that “ modern society tends to work against the effects of the collective consciousness” (Allan, pg.151). I believe the Durkheim would see that in modern day society people who work in the field of service are structured different than people who work in professional fields the whole false consciousness is different for everyone it can’t be categorized. I like the statement that Durkheim uses “ at the center of modern society is a cult of the individual” (Allan, pg.152) this sentence just sums up his whole argument the individual is the root of all evil. In the early times rural communities were built around each other there wasn’t a sense of entitlement, everyone helped each other out. As the industrial revolution happened and more people flocked to the urban areas I feel like that since of “ help” of the community is lost.
Theorist George Simmel talks about the division among people in different social classes in the article “ The Metropolis’s and Mental Life” he states that “intellectualism defines life in the city where as personal relationship defines life in smaller settings” (Simmel, pg.12). The division of labor is only getting worse, people couldn’t care less if there neighbor was one pay check less of being homeless it’s all about me, myself and I (blasé attitude). I just don’t get how all of these theorist are predictors of how society is and was shaped from then to present shouldn’t the division of labor been taken care of by now. I just know getting a job once I graduate it will be the test of Durkheim’s theory.
Allan, Kenneth. The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007. Print.