Title
From mechanical to organic solidarity, and back : with Honneth beyond Durkheim From mechanical to organic solidarity, and back : with Honneth beyond Durkheim
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
European journal of social theory. - London, 1998, currens
Volume/pages
15(2012) :4 , p. 454-470
ISSN
1368-4310
1461-7137
ISI
000310734100002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article focuses on the theory of solidarity presented by Emile Durkheim in The Division of Labour in Society ([1893] 1969). Despite its popularity, the distinction between mechanical and organic solidarity has received a lot of criticism. Durkheim allegedly was unable to demonstrate the superior integrating force of modern organic solidarity, while this was his central thesis at the time. A second critique challenges his macrostructural point of view. However, by confronting Durkheim's classical theory with contemporary work, notably Honneth's theory of recognition, we can deduce a reformulated framework that is less vulnerable to the afore-mentioned critiques. On the one hand, we specify mechanical and organic solidarity as a dialectical synthesis of both internalized universalistic principles and particularistic emotional orientations. On the other, we incorporate the foregoing typology in a cyclical model that implies interacting processes of inclusion and individualization.
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