Name Institution Professor Course Date Existence and constraining power of social facts on individuals Introduction Social facts describe concepts that have been established by the society and practiced over time to become the way of life of the people almost similar to but not the same as culture. They are constraints that inform the behavior and choices a person makes in life. They follow them into their career life. Institutions: institutions such as marriage and learning institutions have been there before and as we grow up we fall into a pre-established system of self-propagating institutions. The society expects every child to go to school. Some students are in school because that is what their parents wanted. Others will finish school and go back to entrepreneurship. [...]
Durkheim presents a fairly robust notion of the "social fact" as something that we find constraining, and that exists independent of any single individual. At some point during the week, I would like you to observe both yourself and those around you to try to identify at many social facts as you are able. However, since such a task could be limitless, simply set aside 1-2 hours, keep a notebook and pen handy, and observe either your own actions and daily life, or those around. When you are done, select 10-12 that you think are the most compelling. Then for each social fact that you identify, provide a brief explanation to justify your observation (no more than 2 sentences for each fact identified). This assignment need not be written in an essay format, but if you wish to write it in the form of a narrative, you are more than welcome to do so.