The Theories of Emile Durkkheim Essay

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The Theories of Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim also referred to as “The Father of Sociology” (Thio, 2002), played a critical role in establishing theories based on “Social Facts” (Thio, 2002) He is best known for his views of “social reality”( Thio, 2002) and their ties into how a society works. He was said to be a sociologist who played an important part in the development of “structural functionalism” (Thio, 2002), and sociology as a whole. His four major studies, or publications, have assured him a place in the history of sociology’s intellectual development (Thompson, 2002). The following contents will discuss Durkheim’s childhood, his studies, his journey through sociology, and his theories. Emile Durkheim was born in France in
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However Lycee-Louis-le-grand was not his ambition, but rather the ‘Ecole Normale Superievre”. (Thompson, 2002) While studying at Lycee he prepared himself for the torturous “admission exams” that could open the doors to the “prestigious ‘Ecole Normale Superievre” (The Biography of Emily Durkheim, 2000), which was the “training ground for the intellectual elite of France” (Thompson, 2002). His “scientific way of thinking” did not make it easy for him to do well in the studies he required to get into this elite school (The Biography of Emile Durkheim, 2000)). After two attempts for the entrance exam he was finally accepted in 1879 (The biography of Emile Durkheim, 2000). After being accepted to ‘Ecole Normale Superievre, Durkheim decided on a career as a philosophy teacher, as sociology was not a subject offered at secondary schools, or the university( The biography of Emile Durkheim, 2000). While attending Ecole Normale, “Durkheim used the functionalism as an approach of studying social and cultural phenomena as a set of interdependent parts” (Thompson, 2002). His only concern was “defying the conditions of existence of a society that respected the

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