In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Social Facts

Social facts

For Durkheim ‘social facts’ are compelling moral forces that integrate individuals into collective life. A social fact is an objective reality, norm, representation, belief or practice found in the average life of a social group. ‘Facts’ refer specifically to social ‘factors’ or ‘forces’. Durkheim gives social facts four core ...

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