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Émile Durkheim

social order and public health

Kevin Dew

pp. 75-90

In this chapter, concepts developed by Émile Durkheim will be used and applied to public health to explore the role of public health in contemporary society. The first section contains a brief biography of Durkheim, and in the second, relevant concepts will be explained, focusing on Durkheim's concerns for social solidarity; the importance of his particular ontological position grounded in the concept of homo duplex; and the moral forces of anomie, egoism, altruism and fatalism that he sees as underlying social order. His view that contemporary society suffers from an excess of anomie and egoism, and that social institutions need to develop to temper those forces, is discussed.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1057/9781137355621_5

Full citation:

Dew, K. (2015)., Émile Durkheim: social order and public health, in F. Collyer (ed.), The Palgrave handbook of social theory in health, illness and medicine, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 75-90.

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