Monday, June 06, 2005

I was just wondering

if anyone has a suggestion about a film that displays some of Durkheim's concepts from The Division of Labor (mechanic/organic solidarity or interdependence/anomie). I'm not really looking for methodological stuff, this is for theory.

I've been looking for months and can't find anything that fits well enough. I had considered I Heart Huckabee's for anomie, but...there's too much pomo going on top of it all, don't you think? I guess if I can't find anything, the poor kiddies will have to listen to me make references to "Fiddler on the Roof."

5 Comments:

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Drek said...

For Anomie try "Joe Vs. the Volcano." It's a bizarre movie, but the first part has a nice depiction of anomie in the office world.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Chris in Boston said...

Tough one. Because of course people, filmmakers especially, aren't adherents to Durkheim the way they are Marx or even Freud.

But you might take a look at Il Posto; it's probably more Marxist than Durkheimian in its view of the division of labor, but it would be a good start for discussion. You might also want to get your hands on a Frederick Wisemann documentary, particularly his more sociolocial ones.

As for anomie, I've been interested in the way that the postwar social problem films channeled a watered down Durkheimian functionalism. Best Years of Our Lives is probably too long to show in a classroom setting, but you might even find some of the 1950s social problem melodramas, like Some Came Running, worth a look.

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Carolyn said...

Hey, I was just thinking. Would Office Space be applicable? The main character certainly experiences isolation, a lack of moral guidance, etc. I think that's what Durkheim was talking about (but you are the theory expert). Just a thought.

 
At 8:20 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Thanks! I haven't seen any of these, so I'll have to do some homework;)

Someone also suggested "Higher Learning" for anomie for undergrads, especially freshmen's experiences away from home for the first time. Has anyone seen that recently?

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Carolyn we must have commented at teh same time:) I hadn't considered "Office Space" because it always screams Weber and bureacracy to me. Next time it's on TNT of Bravo, I'll have to see about the anomie as opposed to disenchantment.

 

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