This new volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of Émile Durkheim, one of the informal “holy trinity” of sociology's founding thinkers, along with Weber and Marx. The author shows that Durkheim's perspective is arguably the most properly sociological of the three. He thought through the nature of society, culture, and the complex relationship of the individual to the collective in a manner more concentrated and thorough than any of his contemporaries during the period when sociology was emerging as a discipline.
Moral Solidarity and the New Social Science: Durkheim's Study of the Individual in Society and Society in the Individual
Durkheim wrote on a wide range of topics, from the division of labor to suicide, from treatises on method to studies of religion, from the sociology of knowledge to marriage and the family. Throughout the length and breadth of that work, two major tasks are taken up over and over again: (1) the identification, establishing, and maintenance of moral institutions that could produce solidarity and regulate individual appetites in modernity; and (2) the elaboration of a unified theoretical and methodological basis for the then only-just-emerging social sciences. In ...