Saving Private Ryan
This essay provides an analysis of the Steven Spielberg film “Saving Private Ryan.” The essay analyzes the film using social conflict theory and Durkheim’s morality imperative as a means of showing how elite, powerful groups use coercion to influence other groups in order to maintain social order.
RELIGION & SOCIETY.
Examines views of Marx, Durkheim, Freud & Weber on religion, social change, social stability & modernization.
Uses Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 to discuss the theories of Weber, Durkheim, and Marx. Moore's portrayal of President George W. Bush and his response to 9/11. Contends that Weber's theories are the most relevant ones to the film since they can best be applied to Moore's central concept in the film.
Crime, Deviance, and Culture
Discusses the issues of crime, deviance, and culture using the theories of Max Weber, Karl Marx, and Emile Durkheim
An account of the decline in the homicide rate in the United States, and implications for policy planning. Summarizes arguments that support the decline, and theoretical explanations.
DURKHEIM'S SOCIAL THEORIES.
His concept of a collective or common conscience. Use of punishment and strictures on behavior to create mechanical solidarity. The division of labor, and establishment of a basis for class war, as the cause of organic solidarity. Conflict and resistance. Marx's views. Conquest of society over nature.
Social Change heory
Discusses a specific social change theory (functionalism) and a specific theorist (Durkheim). Overview of the theory within multiple contexts, describes how the contexts influenced the development of the theory, and discusses the implications of social change according to this theory.
Sociological approaches to the study of conformity and deviance. Examines a structural-functional theory of conformity and deviance proposed by Travis Hirschi. Four types of social controls. Relation to criminal behavior. Theory of Emile Durkheim's constructs of deviance. His assertion that deviations from norms serve two major functions.
MARX & DURKHEIM ON LABOR.
Compares views on evolution of division of labor, economic purpose, related to production, class, social progress, specialization.