Durkheim'sdivision of labor in society

  title={Durkheim'sdivision of labor in society},
  author={R. Merton},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
  • R. Merton
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Forum
The source of social life, according to Durkheim, is the similitude of consciousnesses and the division of labor. The former is best evident among primitive societies where a “mechanical solidarity,” evidenced by repressive law, prevails; the latter in advanced societies where populations evidence greater “dynamic density,” and juridical rules define the nature and relations of functions. In combating individualism and basing the existence of societies on a “consensus of parts,” Durkheim… 
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