Durkheim and Weber on Problems of our Contemporary Society

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Essay #: 072227
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Durkheim and Weber on Problems of our Contemporary Society
Durkheim and Weber: how they matter in terms of us making sense of our society and its problems
This email is an argumentative essay to a friend convincing him or her that Weber and Durkheim really do matter when it comes to dealing with the major problems of our contemporary society. The ensuing pages explores the
Weberian
ideas of the iron cage and bureaucratization while Durkheim emphasizes a moral crisis (the decline of solidarity and the rise in anomie) and what this portends for our society as a whole. I want to emphasize that the ideas of both men, while different, tend to overlap in many ways.
To get started, Weber believed in the idea that modern society is like an iron...
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.....is rooted in bureaucratization.
In general, the works of the two men overlap in the sense that both are committed to looking at why modern society produces so many unhappy people. The key difference is that Weber places a lot of the blame on the rise of bureaucratization; for his part, Durkheim seems frightened by upheaval and rails against it. On balance, though, both believe that modern society has emphasized economic and rationalistic and organizational objectives at the expense of the larger society.
Works Cited
Calhoun, Craig, Joseph
Gerteis
and James Moody, 2007, Contemporary Sociological Theory, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
Tiryakian
, EA., 2009, For Durkheim: Essays in historical and cultural sociology, Cornwall, UK: MPG Books.