FROM THE ELEMENTARY FORMS OF THE RELIGIOUS LIFE

@article{DurkheimFROMTE,
  title={FROM THE ELEMENTARY FORMS OF THE RELIGIOUS LIFE},
  author={E mile Durkheim},
  journal={The New Economic Sociology}
}
  • E. Durkheim
  • Published 1 July 1996
  • Sociology
  • The New Economic Sociology
'If religion generated everything that is essential in society, this is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.' In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), Emile Durkheim set himself the task of discovering the enduring source of human social identity. He investigated what he considered to be the simplest form of documented religion - totemism among the Aborigines of Australia. Aboriginal religion was an avenue 'to yield an understanding of the religious nature of man, by… 
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