The Division of Labor in Society

The Division of Labor in Society


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Revised for the first time in over thirty years, this edition of Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology is updated with a new introduction and improved translation by leading scholar Steven Lukes that puts Durkheim’s work into context for the twenty-first century reader.

When it was originally published, The Division of Labor in Society was an entirely original work on the nature of labor and production as they were being shaped by the industrial revolution. Emile Durkheim’s seminal work studies the nature of social solidarity and explores the ties that bind one person to the next in order to hold society together.

This revised and updated second edition fluently conveys Durkheim’s arguments for contemporary readers. Leading Durkheim scholar Steve Lukes’s new introduction builds upon Lewis Coser’s original—which places the work in its intellectual and historical context and pinpoints its central ideas and arguments. Lukes explains the text’s continued significance as a tool to think about and deal with problems that face us today. The original translation has been revised and reworked in order to make Durkheim’s arguments clearer and easier to read.

The Division of Labor in Society is an essential resource for students and scholars hoping to deepen their understanding of one of the pioneering voices in modern sociology and twentieth-century social thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476749730
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 220,586
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Emile Durkheim (1858–1917) was a French sociologist who formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.

Steve Lukes is a professor of sociology at New York University. An emeritus Fellow of the British Academy and an editor of the European Journal of Sociology, he is the author of Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work and, most recently, Moral Relativism.

Table of Contents

Preface to This Edition Steven Lukes vii

Introduction to the 1984 Edition Lewis Coser xi

Introduction to This Edition Steven Lukes xxv

Emile Durkheim's Life and Works: Timeline 1858-1917 xlvii

Suggestions for Further Reading li

Original Translator's Note W. D. Halls liii

The Division of Labor in Society

Preface to the First Edition (1893) 3

Preface to the Second Edition (1902) 8

Introduction 33

Book I The Function of the Division of Labor

Chapter I The Method of Determining This Function 41

Chapter II Mechanical Solidarity, or Solidarity by Similarities 57

Chapter III Solidarity Arising from the Division of Labor, or Organic Solidarity 88

Chapter IV Another Proof of the Preceding Theory 105

Chapter V The Increasing Preponderance of Organic Solidarity and Its Consequences 116

Chapter VI The Increasing Preponderance of Organic Solidarity and Its Consequences (cont.) 138

Chapter VII Organic Solidarity and Contractual Solidarity 158

Book II The Causes and Conditions

Chapter I The Progress of the Division of Labor and of Happiness 183

Chapter II The Causes 201

Chapter III Secondary Factors 223

Chapter IV Secondary Factors (cont.) 239

Chapter V Consequences of the Foregoing 258

Book III The Abnormal Forms

Chapter I The Anomic Division of Labor 277

Chapter II The Forced Division of Labor 293

Chapter III Another Abnormal Form 304

Conclusion 309

Original Annotated Table of Contents 320

Index 333

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