Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx

    Durkheim considered anomie and excessive individualism to be the central problems of the modern era while Marx focused on false consciousness and alienation.  Define these concepts and use them to explain the different orientations of the two theorists in their analyses of what ails the modern world. In your essay reflect upon the social climate of the times in which Durkheim and Marx lived that influenced the development of their social theories and explain their usefulness for understanding the problems facing individuals and society in 21st century USA.
    The focus is on the theories and what the theorists wrote, not the theorists’ biographies

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