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Born on April 15: Durkheim, the ‘founding father’ of sociology

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“Social man…is the masterpiece of existence.”
― Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917)

David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. Along with Karl Marx and Max Weber, he formally established the academic discipline and and is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology.

 


To commemorate Durkheim’s birthday on April 15th, Berghahn Journals would like to offer free access to the five most viewed articles* from Durkheimian Studies until April 22!

The Dualism of Human Nature and its Social Conditions

Émile Durkheim (Volume 11)

 

Durkheim’s Two Theories of Sacrifice: Ritual, Social Change and Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse

Melissa Ptacek (Volume 21)

 

Durkheim and Socialization

Guy van de Walle (Volume 14)

 

Durkheim’s Concept of Mechanical Solidarity – Where Did It Go?

Bjørn Schiermer (Volume 20)

 

Society as Representation: Durkheim, Psychology and the ‘Dualism of Human Nature’

Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi (Volume 20)

 

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Berghahn Books is also happy to invite you to browse some of the relevant titles:

 

In Paperback

DURKHEIM, THE DURKHEIMIANS, AND THE ARTS
Edited by Alexander Tristan Riley, W.S.F. Pickering†, and William Watts Miller
Published in Association with the Durkheim Press

 

“The strengths of the book are the featuring of the diversity of the [Durkheim] tradition and the many lines linking broadly Durkheimian themes to current work on the arts… [It] illustrates powerfully how Durkheimian concepts live with us today and how we can benefit by comparisons with this rich tradition. Read and be inspired.” · American Journal of Sociology

Using a broad definition of the Durkheimian tradition, this book offers the first systematic attempt to explore the Durkheimians’ engagement with art. It focuses on both Durkheim and his contemporaries as well as later thinkers influenced by his work.

Read Introduction

Please visit additional blog post where Alexander Tristan Riley shares what brought him to the study of Durkheim, a prediction of the collection’s reception, and what he would ask the philosopher if given the chance.

 

In Paperback

DURKHEIM IN DIALOGUE
A Centenary Celebration of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Edited by Sondra L. Hausner

Volume 27, Methodology & History in Anthropology

 

“The volume conveys the potential of Elementary Forms to inspire new areas of research in the field of cognitive studies and of collective processes and rituals more specifically. As the contributors suggest, there is much to explore in contemporary phenomena by wary of Durkheim’s original approach to the study of religion.” · Durkheimian Studies/Etudes Durkheimiennes

Read Introduction: Durkheim in Disciplinary Dialogue

 

In Paperback

A DURKHEIMIAN QUEST
Solidarity and the Sacred
William Watts Miller

 

“Watts Miller provides a meticulous, conscientious, and unpretentious reading of Durkheim, rooted in deep acquaintance not only with his unpublished lectures but also with the writing of his contemporaries…The strength of Watts Miller’s book is that it harks back to a Durkheim of complexity and rich ambiguity.” · Choice

 

New in Paperback

SUFFERING AND EVIL
The Durkheimian Legacy
Edited by W. S. F. Pickering and Massimo Rosati†
Published in Association with the Durkheim Press

 

“…an impressive collection that makes a strong contribution to sociological theory and Durkheimian scholarship. Its particular strength is how it makes available the robustness and enduring importance of Durkheim’s rich conceptual lexicon… Theoretically sophisticates, yet relatively accessible, this volume is particularly appropriate for inclusion in advanced undergraduate theory courses or graduate level seminars.” · Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie

 

DURKHEIM TODAY
Edited by W. S. F. Pickering
With an introduction by Kenneth Thompson
Published by Durkheim Press

 

Taken as a whole, the collection provides a useful grounding in contemporary Durkheimian studies.” · Choice

There has been a growing interest in Durkheim, founding father of sociology, since the 1970s. This volume takes a look at the current stage of Durkheimian studies, pointing out paths scholars are now following as they examine the various themes of study that Durkheim opened up to the academic world. They clearly demonstrate the continuing importance of Durkheim’s works and the benefits to be derived from re-reading them in the light of contemporary social developments.

 

DURKHEIM AND FOUCAULT
Perspectives on Education and Punishment
Edited by Mark S. Cladis

 

Education and punishment are two crucial sites of the “disciplinary society,” approached by Durkheim and Foucault from different perspectives, but also in a shared concern with what kind of society might constitute an “emancipatory” alternative. This collection of essays explores the issues that are involved and that are illuminated through a comparison and contrast of two social theorists who at first sight might seem an “unlikely couple” – Durkheim and Foucault.

 

 

In Paperback

GODLESS INTELLECTUALS?
The Intellectual Pursuit of the Sacred Reinvented
Alexander Tristan Riley

 

“…offers readers a tour of twentieth-century French intellectual 10 history by one of the finest Durkheimian scholars writing today. At the heart of the book is Durkheim’s concept of the sacred. Yet despite the seemingly familiar starting point, Riley’s book sparkles with creative 15 ideas, intriguing concepts, and introductions to a broad class of characters… part of the book’s (mystic) charm is its comprehensive and suggestive nature.” · Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review

 


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BERGHAHN JOURNALS:

 

Durkheimian Studies
Études Durkheimiennes

Editor: W. Watts Miller

Durkheimian Studies is available online.

 

Durkheimian Studies / Études Durkheimiennes is the scholarly journal of the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies. It is concerned with all aspects of the work of Durkheim and his group, such as Marcel Mauss and Robert Hertz, and with the contemporary development and application of their ideas to issues in the social sciences, religion and philosophy. The journal is unique in often featuring first-time or new English translations of their French works otherwise not available to English-language scholars. Click here to access a FREE sample issue.

 


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