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A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization

Paul Hirsch, Peer C. Fiss and Amanda Hoel‐Green

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199535231
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199535231.003.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization

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The work of Émile Durkheim, and particularly his theory of the division of labor, occupies a somewhat peculiar place in the pantheon of classical sociologists. This article extends Durkheim's analysis of Europe's transformations in the early twentieth century to suggest how his theoretical apparatus might be used to interpret subsequent developments in the twenty-first. In particular, it suggests that Durkheim's concern with solidarity—a key theme of his work—has been largely neglected in the current field of organization studies, which might be reinvigorated by a greater concern for issues of inequality in the global arena.

Keywords: Émile Durkheim; division of labor; globalization; classical sociology; organization studies; inequality

Article.  10007 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; International Business

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