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Durkheim and the Jews of France : Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism - Ivan Strenski

Durkheim and the Jews of France

Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780226777245
Number Of Pages: 226

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Ivan Strenski debunks the common notion that there is anything "essentially" Jewish in Durkheim's work. Seeking the Durkheim inside the real world of Jews in France rather than the imagined Jewishness inside Durkheim himself, Strenski adopts a Durkheimian approach to understanding Durkheim's thought. In so doing he shows for the first time that Durkheim's sociology (especially his sociology of religion) took form in relation to the Jewish intellectual life of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France.
Strenski begins each chapter by weighing particular claims (some anti-Semitic, some not) for the Jewishness of Durkheim's work. In each case Strenski overturns the claim while showing that it can nonetheless open up a fruitful inquiry into the relation of Durkheim to French Jewry. For example, Strenski shows that Durkheim's celebration of ritual had no innately Jewish source but derived crucially from work on Hinduism by the Jewish Indologist Sylvain Levi, whose influence on Durkheim and his followers has never before been acknowledged.

Essential Jewishness Or Real Jews?
Why Society? French Nationalism and the Body of Judaism
Reinach's Modernism, Durkheim's Symbolism, and the Birth of the Sacred
How Durkheim Read the Talmud
Sylvain Levi: Mauss's "Second Uncle"
Where Do We Stand?
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ISBN: 9780226777245
ISBN-10: 0226777243
Series: Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3