In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Collective Effervescence

Collective effervescence

Durkheim coined the term ‘collective effervescence’ to indicate how communal gatherings intensify, electrify and enlarge religious experience. Bringing people together in close physical proximity ‘generates a kind of electricity that quickly transports them to an extraordinary degree of exaltation’ (Durkheim, 2001: 162). Collectively ...

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