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.