Theories of Modernity

Theories of Modernity
Document Preview:

Durkheim, Émile. ‘The Anomic Division of Labour’ The Division of Labour in Society The Macmillan Co. (1933) Question: Write a report on the term “Anomie” described by Durkheim covering its all aspects. (400 words) Is it a concept that is useful today? Explain (100 words) Required: 1. You need to draw the term in way that shows the relevance of Durkheim’s main concern.** 2. You need to provide strong references (Both in text and bibliography) to support your answer.* 3. You will need to be concise and get straight to the point and you need to raise the central issue under your discussion. **** 4.Provide your answer in essay format and write coherently. ##Go through the link provided below and the lecture summary to get relevant ideas though you need to search more about the topic to grasp all the ideas. HYPERLINK “http://www.oocities.org/ylhao/Durkheim.htm” http://www.oocities.org/ylhao/Durkheim.htm Lecture summary : Anomie Anomie is described by Durkheim as a pathology which affects all aspects of modern life: it is that process whereby the dynamism of the economy ( bent towards increased productivity) becomes the sole motivation unchecked by any regulating norms and rules. In this condition of anomic economic life, unfettered competition and egoism, acquisitiveness recognise no constraining norms and regulating forces. Religion, governmental power over the economy and occupational groups have lost their moral force. Thus appetites have ‘become freed from any limiting authority ‘ and from top to bottom of the ladder greed is roused without knowing where to find ultimate foothold.’ This situation of unfettered competition and aggression is a crisis which threatens the reproduction of the system as a whole- the reproduction of complex societies requires a recognition of the relations of functional interdependence set up by the division of labour . Without a spirit of co-operation and agreed upon rules for regulating and co-ordinating interests,…

<div class="