Halbwachs, Maurice

Maurice Halbwachs (1871–1945) was a French sociologist and philosopher who became very well known for his work on memory and its social and collective frameworks. Halbwachs was born in Reims and then moved to Paris with his family where he studied philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure under the tutorship of Henri Bergson. In 1905, he met Émile Durkheim, who influenced his work, and afterwards, he started to collaborate with the journal L’Année Sociologique. After the First World War, he served as a professor of philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, where he made an academic shift to sociology and took the position of professor of sociology and pedagogy. He travelled to the United States in 1930 as a visiting professor and became familiar with ...

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