Main Themes of Durkheim Work Discussion – Excelsior Writers |
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  1. What are the two main themes of Durkheim’s work? Given the themes, why is he still relevant?

Social Facts

  1. In your own words, explain what Durkheim meant by social facts? What are, according to Durkheim, the chief characteristics of social facts?
  2. How does Durkheim’s view of a social fact for sociology differ from a psychological perspective? Aren’t nonmaterial social facts just in the minds of individuals?
  3. In your own words explain the following nonmaterial social facts: morality, collective conscience, collective representations, and social currents.

The Division of Labor in Society

  1. In your own words, explain the thesis of the division of labor in regards to modern society.
  2. In your own words, discuss mechanical and organic solidarity.
  3. What are the central components in Durkheim’s arguments on dynamic density, repressive and restitutive law, normal and pathological societies, and justice as it relates to the division of labor?


  1. In your own words, explain the four types of suicide in relation to integration and regulation.

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