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From mechanical to organic solidarity, and back : with Honneth beyond Durkheim
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of social theory. - London, 1998, currens
Publication
London : 2012
ISSN
1368-4310 [print]
1461-7137 [online]
Volume/pages
15:4(2012), p. 454-470
ISI
000310734100002
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