Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim is one of the founders of structural functionalism. Durkheim rejected reductionist arguments. He instead focused on social facts, social structures, cultural norms, and values, all of which he argued are external to the individual. Durkheim’s study of suicide defined the four types of suicide and supported his theory that changes in nonmaterial social facts cause differences in suicide rates. Durkheim is best known for his macro-level views of social reality and its ties into the individual level. Emile Durkheim proved to be a sociologist who played a vital part in the development of structural functionalism and sociology as a whole.

 The Person


This website discusses how Emile Durkheim's personal life affected his work. It gives us information on "anomie" and suicide. It also includes information about structural functionalism and his other sociological perspectives.

Social Facts


What are the rules of sociological method? This website will answer that question as well as others for you. It familiarizes you with Durkheim’s definition of social fact what constitues them, how to observe them, and how to explain them. This site also informs you about how to distinguish the normal from the pathological according to Durkheim. There are also critical remarks about Durkheim’s work about social facts and sociological proof.

Anomie Abstract


This abstract gives information on Durkheim’s concept of anomie. Anomie is defined as normlessness. He explains it throughly in his theory of suicide. This site delves more deeply in his study of anomie.



Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) is recognized as a great sociologist. He rejected reductionist's arguments and developed "social facts." This site reviews his landmark study of suicide. It includes information about anomie, social integration, and the division of labor. This site is under construction.

Dead Sociologists’ Society


This site records many aspects of his life as one of the first academic sociologists. It provides information about his personal life, his work, sociology of knowledge, functional explanation, sociology of religion, his study of the individual and sociology, his public involvement, and his entire academic career. It also contains information on his original work and his perspectives on group and structural functions, which he emphasized in his work.