Rules of Sociological Method

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 1982 - Social Science - 264 pages
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First published in 1895: Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology—now with a new introduction and improved translation by leading scholar Steven Lukes.

The Rules of the Sociological Method is among the most important contributions to the field of sociology, still debated among scholars today. Through letters, arguments, and commentaries on significant debates, Durkheim confronted critics, clarified his own position, and defended the objective scientific method he applied to his study of humans. This updated edition offers an introduction and extra notes as well as a new translation to improve the clarity and accessibility of this essential work.

In the introduction, Steven Lukes, author of the definitive biography Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work, spells out Durkheim’s intentions, shows the limits of Durkheim’s view of sociology, and presents its political background and significance. Making use of the various texts in this volume and Durkheim’s later work, Lukes discusses how Durkheim’s methodology was modified or disregarded in practice—and how it is still relevant today.

With substantial notes on context, this user-friendly edition will greatly ease the task of students and scholars working with Durkheim’s method—a view that has been a focal point of sociology since its original publication. The Rules of the Sociological Method will engage a new generation of readers with Durkheim’s rich contribution to the field.


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User Review  - Slava Gorbunov - Goodreads

Interesting book. some of the ideas I found similar to what I have known before or thought of already. that was good to see. Read full review

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User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

A seminal work in sociology (or more broadly, as Durkheim would prefer, in social science), this book details what a scientific approach to the study of societies ought to look like. Many of the rules ... Read full review


Introduction by Steven Lukes
Rules for the Distinction of the Normal
Rules for the Constitution of Social Types
Rules for the Demonstration of Sociological
The Materialist Conception
Debate on the Relationship between Ethnology
Debate on Political Economy and Sociology 1908

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Emile Durkheim (1858–1917) was a French sociologist who formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.

Steven Lukes is Professor of Sociology at NYU. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics and the University of Siena, and is the author of numerous works including Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work, Power: A Radical View and What is Left?

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