1st Edition

On Durkheim's Rules of Sociological Method

ISBN 9780415847155
Published February 28, 2013 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

This radical appraisal of Durkheim's method, first published in 1988, argues that fundamental errors have been made in interpreting Durkheim. Mike Gane argues that to understand The Rules it is necessary also to understand the context of the French society in which the book was written. He explores the cultural and philosophical debates which raged in France during the period when Durkheim prepared the book and establishes the real and unsuspected complexity of Durkheim's position: its formal complexity, its epistemological complexity, and its historical complexity.

Table of Contents

Part 1: 1. Durkheim, the Rules and the Problem  2. The Remarkable Argument of the Rules  3. The Problematic Consistency of Durkheim's 'Official Method'  4. Variations of Method in Durkheim's Main Sociological Analyses  5. Durkheim's Sociology  Part 2: 6. Introduction: the Rules and the Sociologists  7. The Debate Over the Rules in Recent British Sociology  8. The Storm over the Rules in France during Durkheim's lifetime  9. French Discussions of the Rules After 1917  10. The Anglo-Saxon Reception of the Rules  11. Durkheim's Brief Reply to his Critics  Part 3: 12. Complex Transitions  13. A Closer Look at the Emergence of the Rules  14. An Examination of the Argument of the Rules  15. Criticisms of Durkheim Examined

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'Durkheim's own reputation stands higher now than it ever has before and this latest expository work can only enhance that deserved status' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'Gane's analysis demonstrates clearly how, even in this "post modernist" age, Durkheim's Rules remains a challenging and enriching text' - Sociological Review