Reading Response 1 .docx - Ruben Aguilar Durkheim Chapter 2 Reading Response Mechanical Solidarity or Solidarity by Similarities In this chapter Emile

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Ruben Aguilar Durkheim Chapter 2 Reading Response Mechanical Solidarity or Solidarity by Similarities In this chapter, Emile Durkheim explains how a society comes together by sharing common interests and values because they perform similar work; or as he calls it, mechanical solidarity. He starts out by explaining what a crime is in section I. In its simplest definition, a crime is any act which caused the arousal of a punishment to the perpetrator (Durkheim, p. 31). Durkheim then explains what is universal about crime. It is not that they hurt society per se, because a crime such as homicide, while it is the greatest crime according to penal law (p. 333), doesn’t necessarily hurt society as a whole. Durkheim also states that the idea that crimes are acts that seem harmful to society is an incorrect definition because it amounts to truism. In other words, societies deem rules necessary because they deem them necessary, but what should be studied is why they deem them necessary (Durkheim, p. 33). Durkheim explains that what

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