February 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

In my opinion we as Americans do not practice ” Social Solidarity.” Society tries to promote it through the mass media, but the contrary to that is more prevalent and dominate in our society. This century reminds me of the 80s. The 80s was known as the “Me” generation. This society is all about self, what can I get for me. Case in point, I enjoy watching HGTV’s “House Hunters”, I cringe when the real estate agent shows the potential buyers a home and the first thing one or both potential buyers say is, ” Oh we are so close to the neighbors, I don’t want to see in their home.” Where is the solidarity that Durkheim speaks of? Durkheim states that moral remaking cannot be achieved except by the means of reunions, assemblies and meetings where the individuals, being closely united to one another, reaffirm in common their common sentiments. We have adopted phrases like ” you’re in my space.” We have become separatist and by nature we are so not that way. Most religions for the exception of Protestants, practice solidarity and are rooted in collective life. Protestants are not any of those things, which is probably why there is a high rate of suicide among white men who are Protestants. Durkheim spoke of Organic solidarity which refers to each person is interdependent with others, forming a complex web of cooperative associations. He did not necessarily want people to do the same exact thing, but be individuals, but eventually come together for the betterment of the whole.


2 responses to “FACEBOOK MEMES

  1. Excellent analysis, Incisive cultural critique. I agree that the 80s entailed great cultural shifts toward individualism — and I think many of the changes in behavior and lifestyle that were initiated then in dramatic fashion (“Greed is good”…) have now been assimilated, or repackaged in a “neoliberal” way.

    Brilliant observation about prevailing notions of personal space! The sense of ownership over and need to control personal space these days leaves little room for the kinds of collective behavior Durkheim believed formed the basis of social solidarity. The Italian theorist, Bifo Berardi (whose work we’ll look at later) stresses the need to overcome the isolation and separation of human bodies that prevails in society today.

  2. I agree that today’s society has a lack of solidarity. People are just focused on themselves and there is rarely a sense of connection. The only sense of connection that can be considered organic solidarity where everyone is different yet connected in some way is through religion or church. Other than that in such a diverse society everyone seems to be on their own.

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