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.

Education as Social Science and Cultural Politics

Education as Social Science and Cultural Politics

Education as social science and cultural politics

Durkheim's first position in a university was as a professor of pedagogy and education, though this was due not so much to his pre-existing interest in education per se as to the realities of the French educational system in the late 19th century. At the time Durkheim received his first appointment at a university, in 1887, after a number of years in public service as a teacher in a lycée (high school), sociology did not yet exist as a discipline in the French intellectual world. Marcel Mauss wrote that Durkheim saw his teaching load in education, which extended from the beginning of his career at Bordeaux through his time at the Sorbonne, ...

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