Émile Durkheim - og samfundet

Nadia Yasmin Brakti, Mark Blondin, Nynne Kjøller Stadlund, Eirikur Corfitz Andersen & Lena Kista Abelsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study revolves around the French sociologist Émile Durkheim. In the beginning of the assignment there will be a description of Durkheim’s personal life and a short insert about his contemporary society. Furthermore there will be an introduction to the very beginnings of sociology. The study contains an investigation of Durkheim which is based on his theories about suicide, society and religion. His theories were written more than a century ago, and this assignment will try to give an answer to whether or not his theories are valid today. Durkheim's own books On Suicide and The Elementary Forms of Religious Life are the two main books in this study. Furthermore several other sociologists who are critical of his work will complement our own understanding of Durkheim and his ideas. The investigation of Durkheim includes comparisons between Durkheim's own statistics regarding suicide and more modern statistics, to see if there are any links between Durkheim’s time and our own when it comes to suicide. This study concludes that Durkheim’s theories are valid to a certain extent in our time. Despite this, it is important to be attentive to the fact that society has changed over time, and his theories must be used according to this.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2013
VejledereHans-Åke Persson


  • individ
  • anomi
  • samfund
  • sociologi
  • selvmord
  • Durkheim
  • religion