Classical Durkheimian Studies of Myth and the Sacred presents English translations of several important essays, some never before translated, by members of the famous Annee sociologique group around Emile Durkheim. These works by Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert, and Robert Hertz are key contributions to today's growing interest in and reinterpretation of Durkheimian thought on culture, religion, and symbolism. The central thrust in this new interpretive effort uses the Durkheimian theory of the sacred to understand the symbolism and meanings of cultural structures and narratives more generally. This book is vital to any contemporary collection emphasizing social theory.
“This volume brings to English readers meticulous translations of gems in cultural sociology written by some of the ablest students of Durkheim.”
—Edward A. Tiryakian, Duke University
“A well-judged selection of important essays from the Durkheim school showing
how sociology and anthropology can be successfully and imaginatively unified.”
—Mike Gane, Loughborough University