From mechanical to organic solidarity, and back

  title={From mechanical to organic solidarity, and back},
  author={Peter Thijssen},
  journal={European Journal of Social Theory},
  pages={454 - 470}
  • P. Thijssen
  • Published 1 November 2012
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Social Theory
This article focuses on the theory of solidarity presented by Émile Durkheim in The Division of Labour in Society ([1893] 1969). Despite its popularity, the distinction between mechanical and organic solidarity has received a lot of criticism. Durkheim allegedly was unable to demonstrate the superior integrating force of modern organic solidarity, while this was his central thesis at the time. A second critique challenges his macrostructural point of view. However, by confronting Durkheim’s… 

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