The Roseto Mystery : Sociological Theories Of Simmel, Durkheim, And Weber

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The Roseto Mystery can be explained by the sociological theories of Simmel, Durkheim, and Weber. The people of Roseto lived healthy life beyond the belief of a local doctor. They did not have any heart condition which cannot be explained by genetics, biology, or medicineaccording to the town’s local doctor. The Roseto Mystery could be explained by social factors that lead to these outcomes. Simmel, Durkheim, and Weber’s theories apply to the Roseto community and the societal interactions within. The Roseto Mystery, is about a doctor, Stewart Wolf exploring the possible causes for the large amount of healthy people in the Roseto town in Pennsylvania. The town had no deaths from heart conditions and hardly any other medical problems. This was confusing to Wolf because during this time heart conditions was one of the leading causes for death in the United States. At first it was thought that they had better lifestyle choice that would lead them to have a healthier life. After Wolf began to explore the habits of the people in Roseto he found that they actually had worse habits from when they were in Italy. They were using lard when cooking, making pizza crust thick from eggs rather than thin crust light pizza, they began using meet on pizza instead of just vegetables, and they were eating sweets all year instead of just during the holidays. Almost half of their calories came from fat but they did not have any health problems. The people of Roseto smoked heavily and were obese. Wolf hired teams of doctors and sociologists to find out why these people did not have any health problems when the rest of the world did and had the same unhealthy habits. It also did not have anything to do with their genetics or where the town was located. T... ... middle of paper ... ...ed on rules that apply to everyone in society The people of Roseto use all of the types of rationality every day to be successful. They used practical rationality by completing daily tasks for the well-being of the town. Theoretical rationality is seen in the Roseto Mystery when the people of the town have to work as a whole instead of individually because that is what the rest of the world tells them to do. Even though they are not modernized they see the cause and effect of having to be productive. They were also influenced by substantive rationality because they were influenced in their belief in God and were practicing Christians. Lastly, the people of Roseto practiced formal rationality. They had very low crime rates meaning that they followed the rules of society. Weber theories of social action and rationalization apply to the success of the Roseto community.

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