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The following essay will use the ideas of Durkheim to construct my social biography .First part of this essay will discuss Durkheim theory in general , and part two will attempt to apply Durkheim ideas to my social biography

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The long controversy exists over the influence of society on an individual social biography. With different school of thought such as Functionalism arguing that society is held together by sets of norms which are transmitted to us by social institutions like the family and school, and the process fundamentally shapes our social biographies. While Other school of thought believe that human behaviour is not shaped by society but rather they see society being shaped by human behaviour. Integrationists believe that individuals are conscious, self-aware and that their individual social action is not simply a reaction to external forces. So the following essay will use functionalism thought that society is held together by sets of norms which are transmitted to us by social institutions like the family and school, and the process fundamentally shapes our social biography. Functionalists believe that for society to survive there must be an existence of central value systems that imposes common values on all individuals. So when Functionalists look at various institutions and what their function is it is to ensure that they help perpetuate and maintain common value system. Thus individual identity needs to be constructed to socially accepted, correct or proper forms if society is to survive. So the following essay will use the ideas of Durkheim to construct my social biography .First part of this essay will discuss Durkheim theory in general , and part two will attempt to apply Durkheim ideas to my social biography . ...read more.

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Time is required for the public conscience to reclassify men and things.' (Haralambos, 2000, p.692) He argued that the cause of anomie is not the existence of division of labor, is the situation in which the division of labor could not make the society integrates organically. In the period of transition between mechanical solidarity and organic solidarity, there might be lack of normative regulation of action, which characterizes the anomic division of labor. MR Frans Moraswi Motlatla was born on 19 June 1982, in a small farm known as (Makiba), and grew up in moletjie Ga -Hlahla in the part eastern moletjie that lies between the opulent horse farms and the impoverished coal fields. Mr. Fm motlatla was the first born of Mrs. Molatelo Elizabeth motlatla and Chuene William motlatla. MR Fm motlatla begin his school at malokaneng primary school in 1992. The school that I attended was dominated by male teachers; the head of the school was also a male. By the time when I was still in primary school my father was working for the company known as Sentech (SABC) the company was situated in Johannesburg. So I spend all my childhood with my mother .My father use to come back after six months. My grandfather was a traditional doctor, and in 1993 he took me to initiation school. In 1999 I received a Grade 12 certificate from Westernburg secondary school, and then served as a cashier for pick n' pay in polokwane .In 2000 Mr. ...read more.

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Were quoted saying that "A double involvement or interdependence in which human beings create society and at the same time are created by it sometimes referred to as a dialectical relationship'. I agree with this view that the process in which my social biography was created was the result of social structures and human creativity interacting rather than them being separate. As Mills observed (1970, p.12) 'every individual lives, from one generation to the next, in some society...he lives out a biography, and...he lives it out within some historical sequence. By the fact of his living he contributes, however minutely, to the shaping of his society and to the course of its history, even as he is made by society and by its historical push and shove'. REFERENCE LIST Bilton, T. 1981 Introductory Sociology London, Macmillan. Bilton, T., Bonnett, K., Jones P., Lawson, T., Skinner, D., Stanworth, M., & Webster, A.(2002) Introduction to Sociology 4th Edition. Palgrave Macmillan. Giddens, A. (1997) Sociology 3RD Edition. Blackwell Publishers. Haralambros, M. & Holborn, M. (2000) Sociology Themes and Perspectives 5TH Edition. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Johnson, D.P.1986 .Sociological theory .New York: McMillan. McKay, V. 1995 .A sociology of education .Johannesburg: Lexicon publishers. Miller. 1996 Durkheim, morals and modernity, London, UCL Press Ltd. Moloela , L.L .Interviewee in pietersburg , 17 April 2006 Mills, C.W. (1970). The Sociological Information. Harmondsworth Penguin. Van Huyssteen, E. 2002. Gender and inequality in the family .Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand. Van Huyssteen, E. 2002. The family: What is it and what does it do? Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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