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First published in 1895: Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology—now with a new introduction and improved translation by leading scholar Steven Lukes.

The Rules of the Sociological Method is among the most important contributions to the field of sociology, still debated among scholars today. Through letters, arguments, and commentaries on significant debates, Durkheim confronted critics, clarified his own position, and defended the objective scientific method he applied to his study of humans. This updated edition offers an introduction and extra notes as well as a new translation to improve the clarity and accessibility of this essential work.

In the introduction, Steven Lukes, author of the definitive biography Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work, spells out Durkheim’s intentions, shows the limits of Durkheim’s view of sociology, and presents its political background and significance. Making use of the various texts in this volume and Durkheim’s later work, Lukes discusses how Durkheim’s methodology was modified or disregarded in practice—and how it is still relevant today.

With substantial notes on context, this user-friendly edition will greatly ease the task of students and scholars working with Durkheim’s method—a view that has been a focal point of sociology since its original publication. The Rules of the Sociological Method will engage a new generation of readers with Durkheim’s rich contribution to the field.

About the Author

David Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) was a French sociologist. He formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology. Much of Durkheim's work was concerned with how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in modernity; an era in which traditional social and religious ties are no longer assumed, and in which new social institutions have come into being. His first major sociological work was The Division of Labor in Society (1893). In 1895, he published his Rules of the Sociological Method and set up the first European department of sociology, becoming France's first professor of sociology. In 1898, he established the journal L'Année Sociologique.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780029079409
Translator:
Halls, W. D.
Introduction:
Lukes, Steven
Introduction by:
Lukes, Steven
Introduction:
Lukes, Steven
Compiled:
Cram 101
Author:
Lukes and Halls, 1st Edition
Author:
Durkheim, Emile
Author:
Cram 101
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews, Textbook Revie
Author:
Halls, W. D.
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Book Notes
Subject:
Sociology -- Methodology.
Subject:
Sociology-Reference and Methodology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Cram101 Textbook Outlines
Publication Date:
December 1982
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.26x5.42x.65 in. .52 lbs.

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