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On Durkheim's Explanation of Division of Labor

Dietrich Rueschemeyer
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 88, No. 3 (Nov., 1982), pp. 579-589
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2779121
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On Durkheim's Explanation of Division of Labor
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Abstract

Durkheim's explanation of the division of labor is shown to be faulty in several major respects. While his metatheoretical critique of utilitarian social theory, which was closely intertwined with his analysis of the division of labor, is still persuasive, his causal explanation of the division of labor is questionable wherever it modifies the earlier body of thought. Ironically, it was his metatheoretical concerns expressed in the critique of utilitarian social theory that flawed his contributions to a causal explanation of social differentiation.

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