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Rather, Durkheim argued that the moral, legal and political institutions could transform our economic life for the better. As he states in the ®nal part of The Division of Labour on `abnormal forms', there was a need for a more stable society. Lukes quotes Durkheim as saying that the bourgeoisie and the proletariat `inhale the same moral atmosphere, they are, though they deny it, members of a single society, and as a result, cannot but be impregnated with the same ideas' (Durkheim cited in Lukes, 1992: 545).

Some of the contributions to this debate are to be found in AnneÂe sociologique. Durkheim was fully aware of issues of validity and reliability in relation to of®cial statistics. Apart from one line in Fulcher and Scott (1999: 9) there is no discussion in the textbooks of `combined types' of suicide, in which say anomie and egoism are evident in the same sudden death. Hence, the textbooks give a neat and tidy but rather simplistic caricature of Durkheim's four types of suicide. In contrast, Durkheim's `four types' of suicide should be viewed as four contradictory forces, any one of which could lead to suicide.

Lukes, S. (1992) EÂmile Durkheim, His Life and Work: A Historical and Critical Study. Penguin: Harmondsworth. Parsons, T. (1951) The Social System. Routledge & Kegan Paul: London.

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