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The Division of Labor in Society by Émile Durkheim
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Mar 04, 15

bookshelves: educational, nonfiction, sociology
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This book was a required text for one of my senior sociology classes. While it is very educational, I could not bring myself to rate it higher than a two simply because it is so dry. I managed to make it through, but only by dragging myself along with the dregs of my strength ... it sounds terribly juvenile to complain about a text that is supposed to be educational and enlightening as "dry," but I believe the best-written books will teach you everything necessary and expound upon the author's heartfelt beliefs with great clarity while still being interesting enough to captivate you and, I don't know, convince you that the author is correct?

Durkheim failed to do that for me, and while I know I went away from the book with more knowledge, said knowledge was definitely not gained happily or with great interest. Unfortunate as it is, it is true.

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