“the story does not end on the battlefield. For most, the story has just begun.” – Jessie Odom Many veterans struggling to reintegrate back into civilian life report that although war is hell, civilian life upon return is worse. Some veterans see combat as a high point in their life, wishing they could go back […]Read more "War is Hell, Civilian Life is Worse"
“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 […]Read more "Durkheim on Happiness"
“Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.” – Jean-Paul Sartre “…it is society which, fashioning us in its image, fills us with religious, political and moral beliefs that control our actions” – Émile Durkheim Is man self-made, or made by society? Does he have free-will to guide his own destiny, or is […]Read more "Why Existentialism Needs Sociology"
“…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 […]Read more "How Veterans Experience Anomie"
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 […]Read more "Should Work be Fulfilling?"
“Mental health cannot be defined in terms of the ‘adjustment’ of the individual to his society, but, on the contrary… must be defined in terms of the adjustment of society to the needs of man” – Erich Fromm In The Sane Society, Erich Fromm advocates a radical approach to mental health that goes against mainstream […]Read more "A Radical Approach to Mental Health"