Introducing Western Sociologists

Introducing Western Sociologists

Question

Highlight two important concerns for which Durkheim worked related with Sociology.

Answer
1. The most important concern (or project) for Emile Durkheim was the establishment of Sociology as a distinct discipline. His goal was to provide firm definition of the field and a scientific basis of its study.

2. Emile Durkheim’s second concern was the issue of social solidarity or integration in society. He inquired into (a) the sources and natural of moral authority as an integrating force in society (b) as well as the rise of individualism in society. Finally, Emile Durkheim held a strong interest in the practical implications of social scientific knowledge.

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