The Division Of Labor By Emile Durkheim Essay

1008 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
In Emile Durkheim’s book The Division of Labor in Society, there is a passage, on page 312, in which he writes about the division of labor, solidarity, and spontaneity. I will break down what these three terms means to him and what he was trying to convey to his audience, at the time. Durkheim believed that solidarity is what made a healthy, organic society. An organic society, to him, was one where there was still inequality, but more specifically, natural inequality. He saw there being two kinds of inequalities. One is natural inequality, which was mentioned previously and the other is social inequality. Natural inequality is when you naturally have an ability or talent, such as being a better singer, being a better runner, or even just being more attractive. He believed that natural inequality would sort people into the career that they should be in. Social inequality would do the opposite. It would sort people into jobs that they do not want to be in. It would create a forced division of labor because you would not be sorted by your natural abilities, but by discriminatory factors. Examples of discriminatory factors are your socioeconomic status, race, gender, and sexuality. In the passage, when he is writing about the division of labor, he also writes about how spontaneity is needed in the division of labor. What he is trying to convey is that we need spontaneity to function as a normal, healthy society. Many people, in the forced division of labor, are forced down a…

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