Main points The Rules of Sociological Method Durkheim argued that each individual, when in society, operates under an imposition by the collective that he deemed a social fact. “The public conscience exercises a check on every act which offends it by means of surveillance or penalties (Appelrouth 86).” Expounding on the social fact, he then […]

With friends like Durkheim, who needs anomies?

Review This week, we have the pleasure of reviewing the well renowned French sociologist, Émile Durkheim. Durkheim, being a Functionalist (in contrast to Mark being a Conflict theorist, and Weber being a Conflict/dialectical theorist), sought to understand what it was that held a society together and kept the inner mechanisms functioning properly. Functionalism focuses on he […]

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