Epistemology and Practice

Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Author: Anne Warfield Rawls

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139441322

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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In this original and controversial book Professor Rawls argues that Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life is the crowning achievement of his sociological endeavour and that since its publication in English in 1915 it has been consistently misunderstood. Rather than a work on primitive religion or the sociology of knowledge, Rawls asserts that it is an attempt by Durkheim to establish a unique epistemological basis for the study of sociology and moral relations. By privileging social practice over beliefs and ideas, it avoids the dilemmas inherent in philosophical approaches to knowledge and morality that are based on individualism and the tendency to privilege beliefs and ideas over practices, both tendencies that dominate western thought. Based on detailed textual analysis of the primary text, this book will be an important and original contribution to contemporary debates on social theory and philosophy.

Sociological Objects

Reconfigurations of Social Theory

Author: Ruth Rettie,Dr Andrew King,Mr Geoff Cooper

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409491544

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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What are the aims of sociology? What are its objects of study? How relevant is the classical tradition to the practice of sociology today? This volume brings together internationally renowned and new scholars to consider the changing relationship between contemporary and classical sociology. Arguing that recent historical and theoretical developments make reconsideration timely, it suggests that whilst the classical tradition has a continuing pertinence, it is inevitably subject to ongoing reconfiguration. Assessing the explanatory value of classical and contemporary forms of sociology, interrogating social theory as both a form of explanation and a mode of practice, and considering the possible consequences for the discipline of questions about its subject matter, Sociological Objects steers a course between assertions about radical epistemological breaks on the one hand, and reverence for the classical tradition on the other. Rather, it emphasizes the value of reworking, reconsidering and reconfiguring sociological thought.

On Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Author: N.J. Allen,W.S.F. Pickering,W. Watts Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134715021

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This is the first collection of essays to be published on Durkheim's masterpiece The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. It represents the work of the most important international Durkheim scholars from the fields of anthropology, philosophy and sociology. The essays focus on key topics including: * the method Durkheim adopted in his study * the role of ritual and belief in society * the nature of contemporary religion The contributors also explore cutting-edge debates about the notion of the soul and collective rituals.

Handbuch Wissenssoziologie und Wissensforschung

Author: Rainer Schützeichel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896695512

Category: Knowledge, Sociology of

Page: 864

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Wissenssoziologie und Wissensforschung stellen einen aktuellen, lebendigen, polykontexturalen und kontroversen Forschungsbereich in den Sozialwissenschaften dar. Zusammen mit ihrem>Gegenstand, demWissenin seinen verschiedenen sozialen, politischen und kulturellen Formen und Dimensionen, gewinnen auch diese Disziplinen immer mehr an gesellschaftlicher und wissenschaftlicher Relevanz. In über 60 Einzelbeiträgen gibt das erste deutschsprachige Handbuch seiner Art einen systematischen Überblick über den derzeitigen Forschungsstand, über aktuelle Entwicklungen wie auch über interdisziplinäre Anknüpfungspunkte in einer Vielzahl von sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschungsfeldern. Die Beiträge sind von renommierten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern verfasst. Im ersten Teil werden aktuell wie auch theoriegeschichtlich bedeutsame theoretische und methodische Ansätze dargestellt und in einer interdisziplinären Weise verschiedene Wissenskonzepte und Wissensformen thematisiert. Der zweite Teil befasst sich mit gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungstendenzen und Problemstellungen, wie sie in spezifischen Wissensfeldern, Wissenspraxen, Wissensdifferenzierungen und sozialen Systemen von der Wissenschaft über die Ökonomie und Politik bis hin zur Medizin und zum Bildungssystem anzutreffen sind und sich in solchen Selbstbeschreibungen wie derWissensgesellschaft

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Author: Émile Durkheim

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192832559

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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The need and capacity of men and women to relate socially lies at the heart of Durkheim's exploration, in which religion embodies the beliefs that shape our moral universe."--BOOK JACKET.

Durkheim's Philosophy of Science and the Sociology of Knowledge

Creating an Intellectual Niche

Author: Warren Schmaus

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226742519

Category: Science

Page: 314

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In this demonstration of the link between philosophy of science and scientific practice, Warren Schmaus argues that Durkheim's philosophy is crucial to his sociology. Through a reinterpretation of the relation between Durkheim's major philosophical and sociological works, Schmaus argues that Durkheim's sociology is more than a collection of general observations about society—it reflects a richly constructed theory of the meanings and causes of social life. Schmaus shows how Durkheim sought to make sociology more rigorous by introducing scientific methods of analysis and explanation into the study of society. Durkheim tried to reveal how implicit, commonly held beliefs actually govern people's lives. Through an original interpretation of Durkheim's landmark writings, Schmaus argues that Durkheim, in his empirical studies, refined both the methods of sociology and a theory about society's shared knowledge and practices. This book opens a new window on the development of Durkheim's thought and demonstrates how a philosophy of science can inspire the rise of a new science.

The Institutional Dynamics of Culture

The New Durkheimians

Author: Perri 6,Gerald Mars

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company


Category: Social Science

Page: 463

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These two volumes present the most important recent developments in the institutional theory of culture and demonstrate their practical applications. The influence of this theory has, in recent years, permeated all the main disciplines of social science with substantial implications for politics, history, business, work and organizations, the environment, technology and risk, and crime and consumption. Today, the institutional theory of culture now rivals the rational choice, Weberian and postmodern outlooks in influence across the social sciences.


A Seventh-Day Adventist Approach for Students and Teachers

Author: Lionel Matthews

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781883925550

Category: Religion

Page: 133

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In this philosophical overview, Matthews examines key issues such as why Christians should study sociology, how sociology can facilitate faith integration, and how the church should relate to the challenge of post-modernism. His work is the third volume in the Faith and Learning series published by Andrews University Press.

Ritual and the Sacred

A Neo-Durkheimian Analysis of Politics, Religion and the Self

Author: Prof Dr Massimo Rosati

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409491803

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

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Ritual and the Sacred discusses some of the most important issues of modern socio-political life through the lens of a neo-Durkheimian perspective. Building on the main lesson of Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life, this book articulates values and practices common to non-Western and religious traditions that have the capacity to shape our modern way of living. Central to this volume is the question of modernity and scepticism with regard to mainstream Western wisdom; Rosati focuses on the notion of societal self-reassessment and self-revision, illustrating a willingness to learn from ‘primitive’ societies. This reassessment necessitates us to rethink the central roles played by ritual and the sacred as building blocks of social and individual life, both of which remain salient features within the modern world. This title will be of key interest to sociologists of religion, philosophy politics and social theorists.

Norbert Elias and Social Theory

Author: François Dépelteau,T. Landini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137312114

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 330

View: 7471

This book will compare the approach and works of Norbert Elias, well known for his analysis of the civilizing process, his work on sport and violence and, more largely, his figurational approach, with other important social theories both classical and contemporary.

Emile Durkheim

Critical Assessments of Leading Sociologists

Author: W. S. F. Pickering

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415205627

Category: Durkheimian school of sociology

Page: 504

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Survival and Sociology

Author: Kurt H. Wolff

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412835466

Category: Sociology

Page: 119

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Erving Goffman - "Interaction order"

Author: Markus Mikikis

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638654885


Page: 72

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Klassiker und Theorierichtungen, Note: 1,3, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Institut fur Soziologie), 4 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: -, Abstract: Erving Goffman gehort heute zu den popularsten und meist gelesenen Soziologen unserer Zeit. Seine Bucher wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen ubersetzt, und mehrfach mit Preisen ausgezeichnet (vgl. Hettlage/Lenz 1991:25). Goffmans Interesse galt nicht dem Entwurf einer umfassenden makrosoziologischen Theorie, sondern vielmehr dem kleinraumigen Bereich der face-to-face-Interaktion, und somit dem Mikrokosmos (vgl. Hettlage/Lenz 1991:8-9). Nicht zuletzt ging es ihm um die Etablierung des Themas face-to-face-Interaktion als einen eigenstandigen Forschungsgegenstand. Dennoch wird Goffman aus der Perspektive des soziologischen Wissenschaftsbetriebs auch heute noch haufig als Aussenseiter wahrgenommen, dessen gesamtes Forschungsprogramm und einzelnen Konzepte als kaum einheitlich und perspektivenreich betrachtet werden, und der den Zugang zu den Makro-Perspektiven seines Faches nie gefunden habe (vgl. Hettlage/Lenz 1991:9). Neben der Darstellung seines Forschungsprogramms mochte ich untersuchen, ob diese Einschatzung zutreffend ist, oder sein Beitrag fur die Entwicklung der Soziologie unterschatzt wird, was auf zahlreiche merkwurdige Details und Beispiele in seinen Werken, eines zu guten Stils" (Hettlage/Lenz 1991:9), stark variierenden Begriffsverwendungen und der Person Goffman an sich zuruck zu fuhren sein konnte. Zunachst werde ich die grundlegenden Lebensdaten Goffmans darstellen. Dann mochte ich einen ersten Einblick in Goffmans Forschungsprogramm ermoglichen, indem ich eine Ubersicht uber die wesentlichen Inhalte erstelle. Eine Beschreibung seiner wissenschaftlichen Vorgehensweise wird nutzlich sein, um die erwahnten Details und Beispiele, im Rahmen der Untersuchung von face-to-face-Interaktionen, als zweck

Durkheim through the lens of Aristotle

Durkheimian, Postmodernist, and communitarian responses to the Enlightenment

Author: Douglas F. Challenger

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc


Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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Author: Frank Parkin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 90

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This book, the latest addition to the aclaimed Past Masters series, provides a compact and readable introduction to the work one of history's most important thinkers and social theorists. Durkheim's sociology is a brilliant exploration of the forces that undermine social order, forces that need to be countered if anarchy is to be held at bay. His analyses of labor, crime and punishment, religion and ritual, and the structure of the modern state are offered in the conviction that the goal of sociology is to understand social institutions in order to make them more responsive to the needs of today. Avoiding theoretical jargon and written in clear, accessible language, Durkheim is perfect for readers encountering this great thinker for the first time, as well as specialists interested in a comnprehensive view of his pathbreaking system.


eine Untersuchung der Entwicklungsgesetze von Sprache, Mythus und Sitte

Author: Wilhelm Max Wundt

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethnopsychology

Page: N.A

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