Elementary Forms Of Religious Life

1895 WordsNov 16, 20168 Pages
In his theory of how society and the individual coincide with each other Emile Durkheim believes that the role of the person in society is heavily based on many factors. To Durkheim society can function either under mechanical solidarity or organic solidarity under the forced division of labor and depending on which it functions as aids in giving us a deeper understanding of the person and their role as an individual in society. In his writings “Elementary Forms of Religious Life” he claims that “each individual carries the whole in himself” but to understand his beliefs an understanding of the individual and society within his writings “Elementary Forms Of Religious Life” and “Devision of Labor” will be beneficial (Durkheim, pg. 226). By looking at the individual, through the lens of his writings “Elementary Forms Of Religious Life” and “Devision of Labor” as building blocks for his theories of social structure it will aid in explaining why the making of the individual is possible and whether it conflicts with Durkheim’s personal views. When trying to understand the role of the individual and society through the lens of his writings “Elementary Forms of Religious Life” and “Division of Labor” a few things will need to be established. First of all, when looking through the lens of “Elementary Forms of Religious Life” key points differ from “Devision of Labor”. For example “Elementary Forms of Religious Life” sets to explain the studying of ‘primitive’ culture/religion to
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