Thursday, July 12, 2018

Durkheim, social cohesion depends upon the
degree of interaction among persons. "The
integration of a social aggregate can only
reflect the intensity of the collective life circulating
in it. It is more unified and powerful
the more active and constant is the intercourse
among its members. Thus to translate
Durkheim with respect to our problem, the
more numerous the activities and interests
shared by the generations, the stronger the
bonds linking them. This linkage of the
generations will result in more elements of
the cultural heritage being transmitted through
the family line. Where cohesiveness is lacking
in the family group, there will be barriers
to interaction between parents and
children. The individual will be less committed
to family ways and will be more likely to
acquire the ways of outsiders, thus minimizing
or preventing intergenerational continuity altogether.

Emile Durkheim, Suicide: A Study in Sociology
(trans.) John A. Spaulding and George
Simpson (Glencoe, Illinois: The Free Press, 1951),
p. 202.

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