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The Division of Labor and Social Disorder

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Durkheim's interpretation of the impact of division of labor on social order was tested in a manner which took account of his emphasis on the interactive effect of division of labor and population growth. Data for 65 nations, circa 1965, showed that rates of social disorder, measured by Hibbs' internal war index, (1) were highest in countries with low levels of division of labor and high rates of population growth, (2) declined in nations high on population growth but also high on division of labor, (3) dropped even further in countries with complex divisions of labor and slow population growth, but (4) were lowest of all for societies in which both population growth and division of labor were rated as low. These data were seen as supporting our interpretation of Durkheim's views.


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