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5.0 out of 5 stars No better place to start reading Durkheim.
This concise and lucid account focuses upon the four major works of Emile Durkheim, whilst integrating a concentrated discussion of his lesser-known posthumous works and journal papers to provide a measured and insightful overview of the accomplishments of arguably the greatest exponent of the sociological discipline. The writings of Antony Giddens have oft served as a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars No better place to start reading Durkheim., 22 April 2001
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This concise and lucid account focuses upon the four major works of Emile Durkheim, whilst integrating a concentrated discussion of his lesser-known posthumous works and journal papers to provide a measured and insightful overview of the accomplishments of arguably the greatest exponent of the sociological discipline. The writings of Antony Giddens have oft served as a starting point for those unfamiliar with certain aspects of sociological theory; this carefully considered thesis carries on that tradition with great success.
The book correctly sidesteps the general tendency to characterize Durkheim in a solely abstract and philosophical light, opting rather for an accessible discussion which attempts to find the thread that binds Durkheim's work into a theoretical whole. Although it is debatable as to what extent Giddens manages to succeed in his quest to unite the many intricacies of the great man's work, each chapter read on its own provides a more than adequate study guide to each area of Durkheim's study; beginning with the division of labour, then moving to a commentary on sociological method and how this impacted on his sociology of suicide, the state and politics, moral authority and education, and finally religion and the theory of knowledge. The book is concluded by an excellent and challenging critique, which proposes convincing arguments regarding the inherant weaknesses of each area of Durkheim's study.All in all, this book is essential for those undergraduates who are facing face the formidable task of coming to terms with the emmense corpus of Durkheim's work, and also for those sociologists who have not yet read this original, acute and arresting piece.
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