SOC 100 Lecture 6: Emile Durkheim the Study of Suicide

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Soc 100 - lecture 6 - emile durkheim & the study of suicide. Society has a life of its own, above and beyond individuals, and often collective needs are in conflict with individual desires. Individuals are determined by a collective reality. Even the most solitary acts, like suicide, are governed by society. Life of an individual was highly influenced by pressure, structure, and organization of society. Society: is made up of more than the sum of individuals. It is composed of social facts, the values, beliefs, norms, and sentiments that guide individual behavior and hold society together. Collective consciousness: the totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of a society forms a determinate system with a life of its own. Shared some of his ideas with marx in regards to progress in social structure over time. These types of societies have different cultures, authority, division of labor and forms of integration/solidarity.

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