ERIC Number: EJ916342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Examining Community Life "in the Making": Emile Durkheim's "Moral Education"
American Sociologist, v42 n1 p56-111 Mar 2011
Although often overlooked in sociological circles, Emile Durkheim's ("1902-1903") "Moral Education" provides an important cornerstone in the quest to understand community life. Not only does "Moral Education" give a vibrant realism to the sociological venture in ways that Durkheim's earlier works ("1893", "1895", "1897') fail to achieve, but in addressing discipline, devotion, and informed reasoning as humanly engaged, collectively accomplished fields of activity Emile Durkheim also provides an exceptionally consequential baseline analysis of human knowing and acting. Notably as well, focusing on the organizational, intersubjectively achieved features of elementary education, Durkheim's "Moral Education" lays bare the interactional nature of the moral order of community life. Indeed, as a sustained analysis of the way of life of a group of people collectively participating in the educational process, this text addresses the most basic features of people's relations to one another and the broader society in which they find themselves. Much more than an account of childhood socialization, Durkheim's "Moral Education" also presages the more thoroughly humanist sociology that Durkheim develops in "The Evolution of Educational Thought" ("1904-1905"), "The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" ("1912") and "Pragmatism and Sociology" ("1913-1914').
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Elementary Education, Cultural Awareness, Academic Achievement, Sociology, Realism, Socialization, Children
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A