chapter  5
The Division of Labor in Society
ByEmile Durkheim
Pages 10

In The Division of Labor in Society, this chapter emphasises the state of legal and moral anomie in which economic life exists. It attempts to express in somewhat more precise terms contemporary ideas of what should be the relationship between employer and white-collar worker, between the industrial worker and the factory boss, between industrialists in competition with one another or between industrialists and the public, how imprecise would be the statements that could formulate. In the professional grouping is a moral force capable of curbing individual egoism, nurturing among workers a more envigorated feeling of their common solidarity, and preventing the law of the strongest from being applied too brutally in industrial and commercial relationships. The facts cited adequately demonstrate that a professional grouping is not at all incapable of exerting a moral effect.