The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Newly Translated by Karen E. Fields / Edition 1

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Newly Translated by Karen E. Fields / Edition 1

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by Emile Durkheim
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0029079373

ISBN-13: 9780029079379

Pub. Date: 09/01/1995

Publisher: Free Press

"Karen Fields has given us a splendid new translation of the greatest work of sociology ever written, one we will not be embarrassed to assign to our students. In addition she has written a brilliant and profound introduction. The publication of this translation is an occasion for general celebration, for a veritable 'collective effervescence.'

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"Karen Fields has given us a splendid new translation of the greatest work of sociology ever written, one we will not be embarrassed to assign to our students. In addition she has written a brilliant and profound introduction. The publication of this translation is an occasion for general celebration, for a veritable 'collective effervescence.'
Robert N. Bellah Co-author of Habits of the Heart, and editor of Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society
"This superb new translation finally allows non-French speaking American readers fully to appreciate Durkheim's genius. It is a labor of love for which all scholars must be grateful."
—Lewis A. Coser

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ISBN-13:
9780029079379
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
331,450
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xv
Translator's Introduction: Religion as an Eminently Social Thing xvii
INTRODUCTION
Subject of the Study: Religious Sociology and the Theory of Knowledge
1(20)
BOOK ONE: PRELIMINARY QUESTIONS
Definition of Religious Phenomena and of Religion
21(24)
The Leading Conceptions of the Elementary Religion: Animism
45(23)
The Leading Conceptions of the Elementary Religion (Continuation): Naturism
68(16)
Totemism as Elementary Religion: Review of the Question. Method of Treating It
84(15)
BOOK TWO: THE ELEMENTARY BELIEFS
The Principal Totemic Beliefs: The Totem as Name and as Emblem
99(28)
The Principal Totemic Beliefs (Continued): The Totemic Animal and Man
127(14)
The Principal Totemic Beliefs (Continued): The Cosmological System of Totemism and the Notion of Kind
141(17)
The Principal Totemic Beliefs (End): The Individual Totem and the Sexual Totem
158(11)
Origins of These Beliefs Critical Examination of the Theories
169(21)
Origins of These Beliefs (Continued): The Notion of Totemic Principle, or Mana, and the Idea of Force
190(17)
Origins of These Beliefs (Conclusion): Origin of the Notion of Totemic Principle, or Mana
207(69)
The Notion of Soul
The Notion of Spirits and Gods
276(27)
BOOK III: THE PRINCIPAL MODES OF RITUAL CONDUCT
The Negative Cult and Its Functions: The Ascetic Rites
303(27)
The Positive Cult: The Elements of the Sacrifice
330(25)
The Positive Cult (Continuation): Mimetic Rites and the Principle of Causality
355(19)
The Positive Cult (Continuation): Representative or Commemorative Rites
374(18)
The Piacular Rites and the Ambiguity of the Notion of the Sacred
392(57)
CONCLUSION
Index 449

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