Toasters and Organic Solidarity

12 Jan

Durkheim wrote about the links  between societal types and forms of social solidarity that follow from these types. Societies exhibiting mechanical solidarity are connected through shared activities and experiences, whereas cohesion in societies exhibiting organic solidarity is based on the inter-dependence of social entities.  In organic industrial societies with increasing levels of affluence, the independence of the individual seems to increase. But what happens if we try to do everything ourselves? What if somebody wanted to revert back to a society based on mechanical solidarity, and we formed bonds with others through the shared experience of toaster making?




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