Early Sociology & Emilie Durkheim’s work
The Historical Context of Durkheim’s work
-Emilie Durkheim was born on 1858 in a small town in rural France
-In 1879 after entering the Ecole Normale in Paris he became interested in the study of society.
- After obtaining a position at the University of Bordeaux at the age of 29, he completed four major
sociological works: The Division of labor, The Rules of Sociological Method, the study of Suicide and The
Elementary Forms of Religious Life.
-Durkheim’s Strength as one of the founders of the discipline rests wholly on the body of these works.
They constitute the major research studies in sociology.
-by 1895, as a founder of the discipline, Durkheim formed a research group that established the
discipline of sociology in France. Eventually, this led to the formation of a theoretical perspective for
studying and social behavior.
- By the time of his death in 1917, he had produced a large body of writings and founded one of the
most coherent theoretical perspectives of the nineteenth century.
-Durkheim is best kwon for founding sociology as a discipline and for defining the boundaries of its
-Historically, Durkheim’s theoretical focus can be described focusing on three central buil