Canadian Journal of Sociology

The Canadian Journal of Sociology is a quarterly journal published by the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alb., Can. Its subject is sociology and its audience are scholars, academics, students and others working in that field.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, Fall

Books Received/Livres Recus
Amato, Massimo and Fantacci, Luca. Saving the Market from Capitalism. Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press, 2014. 201. 164 pp., $24.95 paper (9780745672564) Boltanski, Luc. Mysteries and Conspiracies. Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press, 2014. 340...
Challenging the Anthropomorphic Master Narrative in the Elementary Forms and Forging a More Materialist Durkheimianism
Introduction This article provides a new reading of Durkheim's corpus through a critical, yet appreciative engagement with The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (hereafter EFRL). The first part provides a critical explanation and interpretation...
Durkheim, Development and the Devil: A Cultural Sociology of Community Conflict
Introduction Kiss Goodbye to a broad expanse of 380 acres of productive farmland ... Kiss Goodbye to [the town] we all know and love: a lovely, little and quiet, self-contained valley town bordered by rolling hills and farm fields stretching...
Durkheim's Ruse: The Concept as Seduction
Introduction Durkheim modernizes the Classical notion of beginning in medias res --in the middle of things--by radically reconfiguring the social actor as an object to and for oneself and so, as a free subject only in relation to such limits; always...
Durkheim's Sign Made Flesh: The "Authentic Symbol" in Contemporary Holocaust Pilgrimage
Introduction As religion is an "eminently "social thing," in which "... the quality of sacredness ..." is the observable product of collective doing" (Fields 1995: xxxiv), the components of religious life change along with the structural and ideological...
Flags, Totem Bodies, and the Meanings of 9/11: A Durkheimian Tour of a September 11th Ceremony at the Flight 93 Chapel
Introduction A century after its publication, Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (hereafter EFRL), along with the powerful contributions of some of his collaborators who were deeply informed by its argument (1), remains a rich source...
Is Durkheim's "Sociologism" Out-Dated? Debating "Individualism" in Contemporary French Sociology of Religion
Introduction In Northern and Southern Europe, North and South America, but also beyond the boundaries of the western world, the attention of contemporary sociologists has been captured by the emergence of "individualized" religious practices and...
Les Formes Elementaires Comme Oeuvre Collective: Les Contributions D'henri Hubert et De Marcel Mauss a la Sociologie De la Religion Tardive D'emile Durkheim
Introduction Les Formes elementaires de la vie religieuse (ou, FEVR, Durkheim 1968 [1912]) apparaissent tantot comme le magnum opus, l'ouvrage le plus important de Durkheim, tantot comme un ouvrage qui comporte de nombreuses deficiences. Nous aimerions,...
Riley, Alexander, W.S.F. Pickering and William Watts Miller. Eds.: Durkheim, the Durkheimians and the Arts
Riley, Alexander, W.S.F. Pickering and William Watts Miller. eds. Durkheim, The Durkheimians and the Arts. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, Durkheim Press/Berghahn Books, 2013. 309 pp. Despite the omnivorous appetite of sociology to investigate multiple...
The Elementary Forms as Political (A)theology
Ambiguity and Contingency: The Diverse Messages of The Elementary Forms The publication of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (hereafter, EFRL) marked a controversial intervention into cultural politics (Tiryakian 2009: 172-186), but subsequently,...
The Elementary Forms of Carnival: Collective Effervescence in Germany's Rhineland
Introduction Men dress up as women, children collect candies from the streets, administrative agencies and shops are closed all day, beer-soaked revellers toast each other, and people dance, sing, celebrate and enjoy themselves everywhere. What...
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Discursive Monument, Symbolic Feast
Dedicated to the memory of Ivan Varga 1931-2012. Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Queen's University at Kingston, Honorary President, Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion, International Sociological Association Introduction Sociologists...
The Market Totem: Mana, Money and Morality in Late Modernity
There was another marked resemblance between the events of 1929 and those of 1987. That was the prompt search for a scapegoat on which the stock market collapse, however inherent in the previous speculation, could be blamed. Economic theology is here...
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