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collective representations

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology — Religion.

The ideas, beliefs, and values elaborated by a collectivity and that are not reducible to individual constituents. They are central to Émile Durkheim's search for the sources of social...

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Émile Durkheim

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French sociologist and one of the founding fathers of modern sociology.

After he graduated from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Durkheim taught...

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Usually taken in tandem, these German terms generally refer to Ferdinand Tönnies's ‘community’ and ‘society’ couplet, although the latter is sometimes also translated as ‘association’ (see...

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social facts

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Emile Durkheim's term for the enduring aspects of social life that shape or constrain individual action. In The Rules of Sociological Method (1895, 1964), Durkheim used the concept to...

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