Contributions to L'Année Sociologique

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - History - 544 pages
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These reviews, notices, and introductory sections by a major figure in intellectual history represent more than a decade of effort to define and clarify a new form of scientific investigation. Together, they offer a suggestive new picture of Emile Durkheim as "Scholarch" of the "French School" and master of a whole school of social thought.

For fifteen years, Emile Durkheim worked on the journal L'Annee Sociologique—selecting, editing, writing, and shaping the goals and methods of the "French School" of sociology. Now, Durkheim's own contributions to L'Annee are available in English. Classified and explained by Durkheim scholar Yash Nandan, this useful collection clarifies the role of L'Annee Sociologique in the development of scientific sociology; the position of L'Annee in the body of Durkheim's own work and the development of Durkheim's ideas; the importance and function of Durkheim's categories of sociological data; Durkheim's view of contemporaries, including Simmel, Westermarck, Tarde, Glotz, and Steinmetz; the exchange of ideas between historians and the L'Annee group; and the reasons for L'Annee's reputation as a unique publication in the history of sociology.

Professor Nandan has organized this material according to Durkheim's own classification system, with major sections on the concepts and methodologies of general, juridic, and moral sociology, criminal sociology, and the statistics on morals. Subdivisions treat issues in law, suicide, social, political, and domestic organization, juridic and moral systems, the social contexts of crime, the sociology of knowledge, political sociology, social history, and historical sociology.

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Editors Introduction
General Sociology
Religious Sociology not included
Methodological Issues
Sections and their numerical order suggested here conform to LAnnée organization
Different Societies
Criminal Sociology and Statistics
Criminal Sociology
Economic Sociology
Editors and Translators Notes
List of Duréheims Contributions Included
History of the Durkheimian School
Members of the Durkheimian School

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Page 3 - I must confess myself sceptical as to its power to do effective work. Frankly, I do not believe in groups of men and women who have each and all their allotted daily task creating a new branch of science. I believe it must be done by some one man who by force of knowledge, of method and of enthusiasm hews out, in rough outline it may be, but decisively, a new block and creates a school to carve out its details.
Page 71 - ... particular. Its function is to place societies in the state of remembering their past ; this is the eminent form of the collective memory. After having distinguished these two conceptions of history, it is necessary to add further that more and more they are destined to become inseparable. There is no opposition between them, but only differences of degree. Scientific history or sociology cannot avoid direct observation of concrete facts and on the other hand national history, history as art,...
Page 71 - ... comparisons are necessary. Similarly, to be able with greater sureness to discover the way in which concrete events of a particular history are linked together, it is good to know the general relations of which these most particular relations are examples and applications. There are not then in reality two distinct disciplines, but two different points of view, which, far from excluding each other mutually presuppose each other. But this is no reason to confuse them and attribute to the one what...

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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.

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