Durkheim Reconsidered

Durkheim Reconsidered
Tags: Susan Stedman Jones

Durkheim is one of the founding fathers of modern sociology and akey figure in the development of social theory. And yet today hiswork is often misunderstood, since it is commonly viewed throughthe lens of later authors who used his writings to illustratecertain tendencies in social thought. Durkheim Reconsidered challenges the common views of Durkheim andoffers a fresh and much-needed reappraisal of his ideas. StedmanJones dismantles the interpretations of Durkheim that remainwidespread in Anglo-American sociology and then examines afresh hismajor works, placing them in their historical and politicalcontext. She emphasizes Durkheim's debt to the socialist andrepublican thought of his contemporaries - and especially toRenouvier who, she argues, had a profound influence on Durkheim'sapproach. This book will be recognised as a major reinterpretation of thework of one of the most important figures in the history ofsociology and social thought. It will be of great interest toscholars and students in sociology, anthropology and relateddisciplines.