The Internal Critique

The Internal Critique - The Internal Critique. As we have...

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The Internal Critique. As we have seen, Durkheim's analysis has been criticised within positivist sociology for a variety of reasons. The following represent some of the main methodological problems that positivist sociologists have identified in Durkheim's work. 1. One of the major criticisms of Durkheim's analysis rests upon his use of the concepts of social integration and social regulation. Durkheim gives us no indication about how we can measure "levels of social integration", for example - he simply asks us to assume that such "underlying" concepts are significant in relation to the explanation of suicide. In this respect, the argument is that we are given no indication about how to test these ideas. Durkheim assumes that societies have "normal" levels of social integration and regulation and that suicidal behaviour results from a deviation from these "normal" levels. Thus, if we are given no idea about what constitutes a " normal " level, we cannot, by definition, conceptualise "abnormal" levels of integration and regulation. However, in turn, we could argue that, in principle, it should be possible to devise
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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