Emile Durkheim

 The Rules of Sociological Method Emile Durkheim begins his examination of sociology, and of the sociologic method, by recognizing that sociology is a science based on social phenomena. More specifically, it appears he sought to establish from the first that while both biology and psychology may examine a human being’s place in the natural world, […]


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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