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Social Solidarity and the Division of Labor: Durkheim Marshae Jones Professor Mc Neil March 10, 2020
One of the founding fathers of sociology is known as Emile Durkheim. He was known as a French social positivist. Durkheim's main objective was to explain different ways people can create social structures and bonds from the division of labor. Basically, he researched how people bonded together in different ways in society. Durkheim took time with his research and focused on the most important things to him such as keeping societies and social groups together. The division of labor affects society as a whole. Larger and developed societies have an organic solidarity. Durkheim’s thesis on social solidarity Durkheim's thesis on social solidarity was based on his ideas and views. His ideas and views explained how individuals were influenced by social facts. Durkheim outlined spoken languages, ethics, and buildings. He viewed social facts that he believed carried outside the individual persona but also had some part to do with how and individual was shaped. Durkheim argues about two types of social solidarity existing. The two types of social solidarity that exist are mechanical solidarity and organic solidarity. According to the article, “Mechanical solidarity connects to the individual to society without any intermediary. Society is organized collectively, and all numbers of the group share the same set of tasks and core beliefs.” (Crossman, 2019) Durkheim introduces two opposing types: mechanical and organic solidarity. The opposite of mechanical solidarity is organic solidarity. Organic solidarity's objective is to restore and repair after damages are done. Social Solidarity and Division of Labor Social solidarity is based on the results of the division of labor in society. Why is that? This happens because when people are properly divided the members of these groups bring something essential to the group. According to the article, “To produce solidarity in a large
society it would help if each job or career is fitting to each person. If each job is fitting to each person, then people can feel more fulfilled in life and feel they are contributing.” (Rose Marie,

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