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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.

Family Problems, Public Policy, and Social Justice
Family problems, public policy, and social justice

Durkheim's works manifest an abiding interest in the practical implications of social scientific knowledge.

Giddens (1978:11–12)

Wasn't family policy invented in the United States in the 1970s? Or perhaps Europe in the 1930s?—A chapter on Durkheim and family policy may come as a surprise to readers.

We do know that Durkheim wrote much about divorce as he pondered societal and familial solidarity. Yet despite the statistical detail, his gaze seemed directed toward the higher plane of theoretical analysis. Less known is Durkheim's involvement in ground-level debates on policy related to the family and not only with regard to divorce.

Durkheim on Family Policy

Durkheim was consistent in his view that sociologists and other academics should only rarely ...

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