honors analytic paper 3-Durkheim - Analytic Paper 3 Every day as humans we are constantly faced with the balance of depending on others while also

honors analytic paper 3-Durkheim - Analytic Paper 3 Every...

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Analytic Paper # 3 Every day, as humans we are constantly faced with the balance of depending on others while also depending on our own conscious. This balance is often an unconscious process. Emile Durkheim was responsible for making sociology a respectable science and through his work he concluded that society is more important than the individual. He also emphasized that there were structures that exist in our society that are external to us and influence how we think, behave, and feel. In class, the game K’NEX was played. We broke off into groups and had to complete the task of building the roller coaster with the K’NEX through following directions and working together. Through working together, we exemplified the idea of organic solidarity and several other ideas from the assigned readings. Durkheim came up with two types of solidarities. One was mechanical solidarity where social bonds are based on common interests and there is a strong sense of shared identity. This is typical of small scale societies. However, in modern society where societies are much larger, organic solidarity emerges where people are interdependent. Organic solidarity was a key part of building the roller coaster because although some of us were better at it than others, none of us were self-sufficient. Each of us contributed to give ideas and help so that we could put the structure together. Of course, one person would be able to do it on their own in a much longer time frame, but we depended on each other and worked together to get the task done in a specified time frame. We clearly emphasized interdependence in our task. Also, in Durkheim’s excerpt from his book, “The Rules of Sociological Method”, he speaks on the fact that our thoughts, acts, and feelings are controlled and he draws a clear example of what happens when one decides to reject social constraints, “If I do not submit to the
conventions of society…the ridicule I provoke, the social isolation in which I am kept, produce…the same effects as a punishment in the strict sense of the word” (Durkheim, 2014: 59). The idea of behaving based on social constraints was demonstrated in our activity in class. For me, I knew that I was pretty bad at problem solving and was not all too excited about the activity. However, I knew that if I completely sat back and did not merely try to help at all, I would definitely not get the approval I wanted from my team members. They could potentially punish me by telling the Professor that I did not participate or may not allow me to help towards the end when I decide to jump in for last minute participation. I was not technically obliged to help out, but if I did not, I would have been an outcast. When one tries to violate the rules of society, one has to struggle with those violating decisions. When somebody consents and

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