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Sociology concept: secondary groups

Émile Durkheim, one of the founding fathers of sociology, argued that “secondary groups” would become increasingly important in modern society with a complex division of labour. Select one situation in your life where you have participated in a secondary group. Your essay should do both of the following: describe how your example demonstrates the participation in a secondary group and use one of the theoretical perspectives in sociology to analyse your situation or activity in that group. As part of your conclusion, apply the sociological imagination to your example; in other words, explain how your example (situation or activity as described above) was shaped by social structure

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