A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization

Paul Hirsch*, Peer C. Fiss, Amanda Hoel-Green

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The work of Émile Durkheim, and particularly his theory of the division of labor, occupies a somewhat peculiar place in the pantheon of classical sociologists. This article extends Durkheim's analysis of Europe's transformations in the early twentieth century to suggest how his theoretical apparatus might be used to interpret subsequent developments in the twenty-first. In particular, it suggests that Durkheim's concern with solidarity-a key theme of his work-has been largely neglected in the current field of organization studies, which might be reinvigorated by a greater concern for issues of inequality in the global arena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies
Subtitle of host publicationClassical Foundations
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577352
ISBN (Print)9780199535231
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009


  • Classical sociology
  • Division of labor
  • Globalization
  • Inequality
  • Organization studies
  • Émile Durkheim

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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