Durkheim on Happiness

“No living being can be happy or even exist unless his needs are sufficiently proportioned to his means.” – Émile Durkheim Émile Durkheim, one of the founding fathers of sociology, has developed a reputation as being dry, detached, or no longer relevant in light of the trendy post-structural theorists. I used to think this as […]

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How Veterans Experience Anomie

“…you’re used to doing things that mattered, and suddenly your life is simply digesting bullshit and consuming instead…” – exgiexpcv Anomie is a concept used by Sociologist Émile Durkheim to describe a society lacking moral regulation. An anomic society lacks the moral signposts that guide individuals throughout their life-course, leaving them without direction to pursue […]

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Should Work be Fulfilling?

In the new generation of job seekers, there seems to be a strong importance placed on finding meaningful work. Personal development manuals and motivational speakers stress the idea of following one’s passion, encouraging unhappy workers to consider changing careers. But what if one’s passion is unemployable, or one can’t afford to give up a stable […]

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