Get access to over 700,000 titles
About This Book
'Émile Durkheim and the Collective Consciousness of Society: A Study in Criminology' challenges conventional thinking on the use of Durkheim's key concept of the 'collective consciousness of society', and represents the first ever book-length treatment of this underexplored topic. Operating from both a criminological and sociological perspective, Kenneth Smith argues that Durkheim's original concept must be sensitively revised and updated for its real relevance to come to the fore.
This study puts forward three major adjustments to Durkheim's concept of the collective consciousness. It complicates the idea that the common and collective consciousness are interchangeable terms for the same phenomenon; it refutes the 'disciplinary' function of society as part of the concept of the common or collective consciousness; and it reveals the illusiveness of the supposed universal set of equally held ideas in a society, underlining the importance of geographical and generational variation.