Solidarity, Rituals, Communism
A state of solidarity that exists in tight knit traditional communities
Characterized by a strong sense of belonging to the group
--> "collective conscience"
How do societies work ?
According to Durkheim, societies are based on pre-contractual agreements
The basis for these agreement(for example: moral norms) is shared emotional feeling
These shared feelings come about through social interaction
The importance of rituals
Shared emotions come out of social interactions in which people come together to
pursue a common goal
They develop feelings about each other and about what is right and what is wrong Society is a ritual order and a collective conscience is based on the rhythms of social
Think about the many different ways that member of traditional, small scale
communities came together to achieve common goals
American born sociologist
Taught at U.Cal.Berkeley