Paper Draft - 1 Made in Society not China Societys Influence on Individuals Edward Fung Word Count 2,537 2 I intend in Durkheim to outline through his

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1 Made in Society, not China: Society’s Influence on Individuals Edward Fung Word Count: 2,537
2 I intend in Durkheim to outline, through his macro-view, how society functions as a sum of its parts and how society affects the individuals who are part of it. Durkheim’s macro view of society sees it as a set of interconnected groups and individuals interacting in regular, patterned, and predictable ways. He uses this perspective to display that society only exists if the consciousness of individuals fit its image. Therefore most of our mentalities are of social origin, therefore the whole forms the parts. For example, Canada instils the mindset of what it is to be a Canadian in the minds of its inhabitants and individuals abroad. That way, when one says “Canadian”, an instant template of what a Canadian should be, appears. How we communicate within a society, our dependence on each other, and even the understanding of our beliefs, all come from the society to help us function efficiently. I intend to outline Durkheim’s introduction of solidarity and how it links to social facts, knowledge, morality, suicide, and individualism to the social world. Through his teachings on these concepts, he has introduced the Unthinkable to be engaged with all free thought, including my own. I believe every white-collar job needs an office outing to boost the morale of workers, just like how every society needs a binding force to hold members together. With this binding force, people can exchange opinions, share beliefs, and form a collective consciousness, bringing those within the group closer together. However, the increasing division of labour has taken the place of the conscience collective, therefore solidarity is the integrative force necessary to counter the dispersion of division of labour. In a society run by mechanical solidarity, there is a strong collective consciousness because people think and act alike. A strong social cohesion binds people to the collective because of their shared beliefs, though they can be independent of each other because all of them have skills that allow them to be self- sufficient. Mechanical solidarity exists mostly in rural areas with small populations, so that the sharing of similar ideas can be spread with ease and efficiency. A prime example would be a farm town, where all the farmers follow the same routine and perform the chores necessary to sustain themselves. They are also able to live independent from other farmer subgroups because they each do all the work necessary for a farmer. In a society with organic solidarity, there is a weak collective consciousness because of the individualism between people. Everyone becomes specialized in a division of labour so that there is no shared belief. Yet, society today has become so complex that the only way for it to be functioning properly is to have a
3 division of labour. Without it, people would become lost in situations they are not specialized in. When one is sick, who can they go to for a diagnosis besides a doctor? This interdependence between them becomes the

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