Emile Durkheim: sociologist of modernity by Mustafa Emirbayer, Ira J. Cohen

By Mustafa Emirbayer, Ira J. Cohen

Frequently defined as ‘the father of sociology’, Emile Durkheim ranks one of the most crucial and influential figures in glossy social idea. This quantity captures the iconic worth and value of Durkheimian sociology, concentrating on the various issues of view – theoretical, important, methodological, or even normative – which it makes use of to research sleek lifestyles. The e-book comprises decisions from Durkheim’s best-known writings in addition to much less widely-known texts that discover the subjects of contemporary sociology.

This entire quantity levels around the whole spectrum of sociological inquiry, as visible by way of Durkheim. it is usually secondary readings via social thinkers of at the present time, connecting the vintage writings of Durkheim to modern matters. an intensive introductory essay through a number one Durkheim pupil, in addition to his exceptional association of fabric, makes this the definitive assortment through and approximately Durkheim and his paintings.

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Ben Brewster, New York: Monthly Review, pp. 127–86. Anderson, Perry. 1974a: Lineages of the Absolutist State. London: New Left Books. ——. 1974b: Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism. London: New Left Books. Aron, Raymond. 1970: Main Currents in Sociological Thought, trans. Richard Howard and Helen Weaver. New York: Anchor Books. Bellah, Robert A. ” In Emile Durkheim: On Morality and Society, ed. Robert A. Bellah, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, pp. ix–lv. ——. 1975: The Broken Covenant.

36 Emile Durkheim The only essential difference between Catholicism and Protestantism is that the second permits free inquiry to a far greater degree than the first. Of course, Catholicism by the very fact that it is an idealistic religion concedes a far greater place to thought and reflection than Greco-Latin polytheism or Hebrew monotheism. It is not restricted to mechanical ceremonies but seeks the control of the conscience. So it appeals to conscience, and even when demanding blind submission of reason, does so by employing the language of reason.

These (largely unspoken and untheorized) commitments deeply structured his analyses of the nature of modern European societies and their contrast with contemporary non-European as well as “primitive” social 24 Mustafa Emirbayer orders; they also manifested themselves in his prescriptions for social reform. One cannot fully understand Durkheim (or any other classical figure, for that matter) without systematically considering the relation of his work to such projects of racial, patriarchal, heterosexual, and civilizational domination (see, for example, Lehmann, 1994; Connell, 1997; Seidman, 1998).

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