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What individualisms does Durkheim reject and affirm?

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mbevill | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2011 at 8:28 AM via web

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What individualisms does Durkheim reject and affirm?

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lprono | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 22, 2011 at 2:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Durkheim believed in the importance of creating well-organised and structured societies where individuals could fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. The French sociologist thus framed individual hopes and self-realization within a well-defined set of rules that structured them. Without these rules, individual desires would result in chaos and lack of order, a condition that Durkheim calls anomie. Paradoxically, individuals should learn to achieve their freedom by obeying to the prevailing social norms (this is what Durkheim calls socialisation). In this way, they learn to oppose an ordered force of society against antithetical brute physical force.

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