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Social Morphology and Human Ecology
Leo F. Schnore
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 63, No. 6, Emile Durkheim-Georg Simmel, 1858-1958 (May, 1958), pp. 620-634
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2772992
Page Count: 15
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This essay re-examines Durkheim's Division of Labor from the standpoint of contemporary ecological theory. Durkheim's analysis of differentiation is reconstructed, and a series of criticisms of the work are reviewed. A number of striking parallels are found between Durkheim's "morphological" thinking and the structural concepts and analytical apparatus in use within human ecology throughout its development. The paper ends with a plea for greater attention to the construction of structural taxonomies and to the examination of other morphological problems.
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