The Division of Labor in Society

Originally published in 1893 and never out of print, Emile Durkheim s groundbreaking work remains one of the cornerstone texts of the sociological canon now updated and re translated in this new edition.As the Industrial Revolution was changing the landscape of society, Durkheim presented a new vision of the social structures at the root of capitalism, and the issues he grOriginally published in 1893 and never out of print, Emile Durkheim s groundbreaking work remains one of the cornerstone texts of the sociological canon now updated and re translated in this new edition.As the Industrial Revolution was changing the landscape of society, Durkheim presented a new vision of the social structures at the root of capitalism, and the issues he grappled with still resound today If pre industrial societies were held together by common values, sentiments, and norms, equally shared by all, what holds modern societies, with their complex division of labor and non cohesive social structure, together What did this new social order mean for the autonomy of the individual Durkheim argued that class conflict is not inherent in a capitalist society, as Marx contended, but that the unfettered growth of state power would lead to the extinction of individuality Only in a free society that promotes voluntary bonds between its members, Durkheim suggested, can individuality prosper.In this new edition, the first since 1984, world renowned Durkheim scholar Steven Lukes revisits and revises the original translation to enhance clarity, accuracy, and fluency for the contemporary reader Lukes also highlights Durkheim s arguments by putting them into historical context with a timeline of important information For students and scholars, this edition of The Division of Labor is essential reading and key to understanding the relevance of Durkheim s ideas today.
The Division of Labor in Society Originally published in and never out of print Emile Durkheim s groundbreaking work remains one of the cornerstone texts of the sociological canon now updated and re translated in this new editi

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  1. Putting aside for a second the super annoying "human body is a microcosm of society" examples, his blatant racism and sexism, and his borderline anti-semitism, there is something really interesting going on here.Is this the Manifesto of the American Democratic Party circa 2010 (now)?Because we've made our religions less rigid, and we've left our families for towns, and we've moved closer to one another, we can, we must, differentiate ourselves into different professions, to express our individua [...]

  2. No wonder why sociology borrows from political science, otherwise this is what happens when you don't :p

  3. This book was a required text for one of my senior sociology classes. While it is very educational, I could not bring myself to rate it higher than a two simply because it is so dry. I managed to make it through, but only by dragging myself along with the dregs of my strength it sounds terribly juvenile to complain about a text that is supposed to be educational and enlightening as "dry," but I believe the best-written books will teach you everything necessary and expound upon the author's hear [...]

  4. One hell of a dissertation. At the same time I didn't appreciate in the slightest Durkheim's tendency to create prescriptions based only on the normative characters in a particular society. Normative, etymologically, concerns some type of adherence to a majority, and therein is a rather secure stance to take. I feel like for all the effort spent understanding the safest parts of society, Durkheim did little to incorporate the more subjugated members into that norm. Rather, he told Parisian women [...]

  5. Four stars because much better than Marx and Smith in my opinion. Good, clear (are you listening, Marx?) writing. Interesting, thoughtful ideas and arguments. I particularly enjoyed how Durkheim applied the idea of the Division of Labor to systems and aspects of life other than the economy. But don't get me wrong. This book wasn't exactly as pleasure to read either.

  6. The two star rating is a reflection of the book's readability (it was written in the late 19th century, so not much of a surprise there). The ideas, on the other hand, were mostly very interesting, and the thesis in general was able to account for a large variety of societal phenomena. Some very progressive ideas for its time, particularly with regard to the nature of external constraints on human equity.

  7. I find Durkheim incredibly frustrating. The idea of social facts is, perhaps, an interesting concept for the time. However, his treatment of the division of labor really forces the social concept and often strides over the development of interesting perspectives from other disciplines. This is especially evident in his constant argument by negation. Another classic in Sociology, though, and another perspective to consider when viewing the economic realities of our society.

  8. My Valentine's Day Blizzard Weekend 2015 accomplishment. Knocked off one of the first requirements in my long generals prep reading list. Read everything but the abnormalities stuff at the end which does not seem to be in use these days.

  9. very interesting discussion and a good counterpoint to Marxy concepts include mechanical vs organic solidarity, repressive vs restitutive law, and the idea that humanity becomes more individualized over time due to the division of labor.

  10. Interesting, if redundant, look at the ever increasing specialization of individuals in our society which still rings true today. Parts of it were extremely sexist however, but that is largely a product of the period in which it was written.

  11. A pungent analysis of current modernity, specially considering book III and the theory of democracy that figures in the last pages of book I.

  12. Durkheim isn’t one of my favourite theorists, but he’s one of first I read and well-known. His theories are staples in sociology and anthropology courses, especially his theory of anomie which asserts the positive correlation between one’s society or social world and suicide. It seems like a pretty obvious connection, but isn’t one many (even in modern times) make as self-concept and behaviours are seen as wholly “individual.” However, Durkheim belabours some points in his overall wr [...]

  13. For those who didn´t find in this essay the most entertaining and thrilling reading of their lives, a point must be done: The Division of Labor in Society is a doctoral dissertation from 1893. At times I couldn´t help to picture Durkheim as a sociology-shaped version of Kant ("Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals"), as if the Königsberg philosopher had been transferred a hundred years forward. Durkheim's slow-paced argumentative style requires to follow his statements and assumptions as an [...]

  14. Besides the disturbing misogyny and weird emphasis of phrenology (yikes!) -> racism and other problematics, Durkheim's insights into society, particularly his comments on mechanical solidarity are extremely prescient today in light of the resurgence of fascism.

  15. This is Durkheim's first book. I read his last book, "Elementary forms of Religious Experience" first, and liked it immensely. This one is drier (it was his doctoral thesis).There is a thesis (for example described in another book I read called 'The Social Construction of Reality') to the effect that social institutions (in particular governments) are spontaneous products of a living milieu. As such, they must be periodically dismantled in order to be allowed to reform in a more relevant and eff [...]

  16. If we consider Durkheim as father of sociology I should say whats distinguish him from other sociologist is his objective attitude toward power-network relation between society's phenomena which is last approach of sociology in modern world and this approach leds me to otherness in lacan perspective!

  17. had to read first three chapters for my sociology class. gave me quite a headache with lot of bad arguments

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