Durkheim's Theories to Gender and Work

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Durkheim Evaluation When applying Durkheim’s theories to gender and work, there were a few strengths and weaknesses. Ritual and collective consciousness were two theories that enabled me to create a strong explanation for gender and work. As I read about the two theories, I imagined them playing off one another. When the women had to fight for their rights, the two theories naturally occurred for them, which made it easy for me to apply. The women used rituals to organize preparation of gender equality rights that created the collective conscience. Durkheim believes the fundamental source of the collective conscience was ritual so the two do play off one another. Organic and mechanical solidarity are two theories that were also easy for me to apply. When I was reading the gender and work preview, I noticed it was like a time line, in which the women were experiencing social and relationship change. It was obvious to me, the women were experiencing mechanical solidarity that transformed into organic solidarity as the “time line” went on due. A theory that was harder to apply was morality. It did not come natural to me when I was trying to apply it to my topic. Durkheim’s understanding of morality seemed to be vague and lead to several interpretations to me. This gave me opportunity to put in my paper, but its not as strongly used as other theories. He most often understands morality as a system of rules and beliefs that suggests to individuals’ ways of behaving in
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