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Debating Durkheim - Herminio Martins

Debating Durkheim

By: Herminio Martins (Editor), William Pickering (Editor)


Published: 1st September 1994
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Leading international scholars are bought together in "Debating Durkheim" to discuss controversial issues in the work of this increasingly important founding father of sociology. The subjects covered relate to Durkheim's Jewish background and its influence on his life and thought; to a positive reinterpretation of Durkheim's study of primitive thought in terms of social classification; an attempt to shed light on his book on methodology, "The Rules," which has been much criticised; a philosophical and sympathetic analysis of the notion of the social; a discussion of Durkheim's sociology of morals based on a study of social facts; a careful consideration of the problems of Durkheim's references to state, nation and patriotism; and finally, an application of "The Rules" to data relating to first names and raising the issue of social imitation.
The appendix is an extension of the first chapter and covers translations and hereto unpublished material by Durkheim on the issues of Jewishness and antisemitism. As these essays will show, Durkheim raises basic issues which must be examined if contemporary society is to be understood.

..."particularly illuminating...." -"The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Biographical notes on the contributors
References and notation
Introductionp. 1
The enigma of Durkheim's Jewishnessp. 10
Primitive Classification: the argument and its validityp. 40
A fresh look at Durkheim's sociological methodp. 66
Durkheim and social factsp. 86
Durkheim: the modern era and evolutionary ethicsp. 110
Durkheim and the national questionp. 134
A Durkheimian approach to the study of fashion: the sociology of Christian or first namesp. 159
Appendix: Items by Durkheim relating to anti-semitismp. 174
Referencesp. 202
Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9780415077200
ISBN-10: 0415077206
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 1st September 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1