Emile Durkheim

Father of Sociology

Early Background

  • Country of origin-France

  • Schooling-Lycée Louis-le-Grand,University of Leipzig,École normale supérieure

  • Socioeconomic Status-Upper class

What Emile Durkheim contributed...

  • Emile was born April 15, 1858

  • Durkheim was born in Epinal, France. He came from a long line of devout French Jews; his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had all been rabbis.

  • developed theories of social structures that included functionalism, division of labor, and anomie.

  • These theories were founded on the concept of social facts, or societal norms, values, and structures.

  • Functionalism is a concept with three integral elements.

  • He decided against following in his family's footsteps.

  • Theories-Emile said responding to deviance brought people together, creating community. He also said that deviance encourages social change.He believed that it brought cultural values and norms.

  • Major Ideas-The reality of society is the subject matter of sociology and that society is real.

  • Important details-Emile believed that suicide was caused by social rather than individual factors.

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