Durkheim and Modern Education

Durkheim and Modern Education

Durkheim and Modern Education

Durkheim and Modern Education

Synopsis

Although Durkheim's works on education were only published after his death, he had a lifelong interest in the subject. With contributions from leading scholars, this collection demonstrates the modern relevance of Durkheim's focus on the moral and social aspects of education.

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Over the last two years the British Economic and Social Research Council and the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies, University of Oxford, have sponsored a series of conferences on the work of Emile Durkheim. As part of this series, a very successful three-day conference on ‘Durkheim and Modern Education’ was held at the Maison Française, Oxford in July 1996. This book presents a selection of revised papers first presented at that conference with the addition of several further specially commissioned chapters. Contributions are included by scholars from the United States, Great Britain, France and the Netherlands, but this is only a partial indication of the international resurgence of interest in the work of Durkheim.

An edited volume on the relevance and applicability of Durkheim’s work to modern education is particularly appropriate, for throughout his academic life Durkheim was continually involved with teaching and writing about education. His first appointment at Bordeaux was to give a course on social science and pedagogy to school teachers, and his major university posts at Bordeaux and the Sorbonne both involved him in lecturing about education as well as sociology. His deep involvement with and desire to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of education continued throughout his life. However, most of Durkheim’s work on education, including his monumental The Evolution of Educational Thought in France, were published after his death and compiled from lectures notes taken by his students. The majority of his work on education was only translated into English comparatively recently, and many authors are now finding that his ideas have considerable relevance to modern society. Although Durkheim was writing about a century ago, the uncertain and rapidly changing situation that France faced at the time has many similarities with the present day. Durkheim’s focus on the moral base of education and his insistence on the importance of the social and society have important implications for education today.

The editors wish to express their appreciation for the help they have received in the organization of the conference which gave rise to the papers. In particular, they thank Jean-Claude Vatin, Director of the Maison . . .

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