Emile Durkheim (1858-1917). Emile Durkheim. Personal Information Social Environment Basic Concerns Intellectual Influences Ideas Research Contribution to Sociology. Personal Information. Born April 1858 Jewish section of Epinal , France Family not wealthy but respected
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Society as a distinct social reality
Individual as Dualistic.
“A social fact is identifiable through the power of external coercion which it exerts or is capable of exerting upon individuals” (Durkheim,  1982, p. 56).
“It is this anomic state that is the cause, as we shall show, of the incessantly recurrent conflicts, and the multifarious disorders of which the economic world exhibits so sad a spectacle” ( 1933: 5).
"The more one has, the more one wants, since satisfactions received only stimulate instead of filling needs" (1951, p. 248).
Suicide rates are social facts
4 types of suicide: