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It is internalized by the person as `accumulated experience' but expressed externally; `irregular behaviour is morally incomplete' (Durkheim, 1973: 31). Beyond regularity we have rules that prescribe ways of behaving: we behave according to the rules not because some innate force is at work, or because we like to behave in that particular way but because we are subject to a regulating moral authority. In what Durkheim termed `simple' societies, morality tended to be religious in nature. However, as things change, human duties and the roles people adopt whilst performing their duties become more clearly de®ned and placed in a human context of moral transgression rather than sin.
In addition, he did not rely solely upon of®cial statistics; he looked at some length at the work of Brierre de Boismont, who in De Suicide et de la folie-suicide (1865) analysed the personal papers of 1,507 people who had committed suicide. Durkheim was also conscious of the problems involved in the `social construction' of of®cial statistics: But as Wagner long ago remarked, what are called statistics of the motives of suicides are actually statistics of the opinions concerning such motives of of®cials, often of lower of®cials, in charge of this information service.
C. d. e. f. Cultural values Religious organization Family Economy Social differentiation and class The polity  The perceived occurrence of events and/or development of situations that are potentially traceable to the structures and structural changes noted in (1).  The availability (existence) of criteria (values, norms, world view) that permit the identification of the events and situations of (2) as problematic and calling for purposive action. , in terms that can be altered primarily by socialization/ education as social control (ideological leadership).
A Beginner's Guide to Social Theory (Theory, Culture & Society) by Shaun Best