Here is a caricature of Emile Durkheim for the Cranky Sociologists blog. You can see more of these at the gallery of the Cranky Sociologists blog, with commentary by SocProf. Durkheim is one of the Big Three of sociology, along with Max Weber and Karl Marx. He did a great deal in defining the unique subject of the discipline – the social – and in developing rigorous standards of study, proof and argumentation to establish sociology as a real science.

This illustration shows Durkheim railing against two social forces, individualism andanomie that he felt were destroying traditional social fabric and undermining modern attempts at social cohesion. So naturally Thing One and Thing Two sprung to mind.

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