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The Sociological Domain
The Durkheimians and the Founding of French Sociology


Phillipe Besnard, Victor Karady, George Weisz, Roger Geiger, Marcel Mauss, Francois A. Isambert, W. Paul Vogt, Pierre Favre, John E. Craig
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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108034

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  • Emile Durkheim, one of the founding fathers of sociology, has been the subject of many studies. But this book is the first to introduce the individual and collective work of his colleagues and disciples who formed with him the 'French school of sociology'. Such an association of talented scholars was a unique event in the history of sociology and a decisive landmark in the development of the discipline. In this book, examination of the texts of the Durkheimians is combined with analysis of the social and intellectual group attempted to create a new social science. In this respect, the present book is also instructive about the birth and institutionalisation of academic disciplines in general. But studying the work of the Durkheimians goes beyond historical research; the Durkeimians can still offer lessons in the exploration of the territory of sociology, an area in which so much virgin land remains unmapped.

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108034
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Durkheimian group and its context:
    1. The Annee sociologique team Phillipe Besnard
    2. The Durkheimians in Academe. A reconsideration Victor Karady
    3. The republican ideology and the social sciences: the Durkheimians and the history of social economy at the Sorbonne George Weisz
    4. Durkheimian sociology under attack: the controversy over sociology in the Ecoles Normales Primaires Roger Geiger
    Part II. The Durkheimians and the scope of sociology:
    5. An intellectual self-portrait Marcel Mauss
    6. At the frontier of folklore and sociology: Hubert, Hertz and Czarnowski, founders of a sociology of folk religion Francois A. Isambert
    7. Obligation and right: the Durkheimians and the sociology of law W. Paul Vogt
    8. The absence of political sociology in the Durkheimian classifications of the social sciences Pierre Favre
    9. Education and social mobility: Paul Lapie's path-breaking work Mohamed Cherkaoui
    10. Durkheimian sociology versus philosophical rationalism: the case of Celestin Bougle W. Paul Vogt
    11. The epistemological polemic: Francois Simiand Phillipe Besnard
    12. Sociology and related disciplines between the wars: Maurice Halbwachs and the imperialism of the Durkheimians John E. Craig

  • Editor

    Philippe Besnard

    Preface by

    Lewis A. Coser


    Phillipe Besnard, Victor Karady, George Weisz, Roger Geiger, Marcel Mauss, Francois A. Isambert, W. Paul Vogt, Pierre Favre, John E. Craig

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