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Emile Durkheim on the Family is intended to bring attention to this classical sociologist’s work on the family. Durkheim’s writings in this area are little known, but the family was nevertheless one of his primary interests, the subject of an intended book that was never written. Durkheim’s ideas on the family appear only in scattered sources and a number of those sources have not been translated into English. Durkheim’s Sociology of the family has not heretofore been presented and analyzed holistically.

Introduction
Introduction

P. Dejardins: But one of the causes which makes the creation of new schools necessary is the inability of the current French family to raise its children.

E. Durkheim: Isn't it an exaggeration to speak so of the family of today? I agree, and I am the first to deplore, that the idea of authority has eroded in family and school. But let us not forget that among our forebears discipline was excessively harsh. Our immediate predecessors struggled to soften it. They went too far, I am convinced, but let us not forget what they accomplished and what we owe them. In sum, it has not been demonstrated that the family is appreciably worse than it was; it is different.

Libres entretiens (1912:322)1

“The family is not ...

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