Readings from Emile Durkheim

Readings from Emile Durkheim

Readings from Emile Durkheim

Readings from Emile Durkheim

Synopsis

Emile Durkheim is regarded as a "founding father" of sociology, and is studied in all basic sociology courses. This handy textbook is a key collection of translations from Durkheim's major works.

Excerpt

The series of KEY TEXTS volumes is designed to both introduce the student to the most important work of the Key Sociologists, and to provide representative selections of their writings for all readers. Because the selection of readings contained in KEY TEXTS volumes complements the treatment of the Key Sociologists volumes, the two together provide indispensable aids to study and research.

Kenneth Thompson's Readings from Emile Durkheim is a comprehensive complement to his earlier and much acclaimed Emile Durkheim (Ellis Horwood/Tavistock, 1982) in the Key Sociologists series. But it is no mere compilation of material which could be gained from a number of other sources. For Dr Thompson, ably assisted by Margaret Thompson, has prepared new translations of the selections from the central elements of Durkheim's oeuvre: The Divison of Labour in Society (1893) The Rules of Sociological Method (1895), and Suicide (1897). Although widely used, the existing translations have long been recognized to be problematic transcriptions of Durkheim's ideas into English, which reveal more perhaps about the intellectual climate for which they were prepared than they do in exposing the full flavour and range of his thinking. In some cases, newer translations of fragments of the work have been published, but it is a distinct asset to the present work that

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