The French sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) is considered to be a founding father of several academic disciplines: sociology, anthropology, and religious studies. His books, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Suicide, The Rules of Sociological Method, and The Division of Labor in Society are still required reading for any serious student in these fields.
Religion as the objectification of social ties, ritual as a source of “collective effervescence,” anomie as a force shaping modern suicideall these are ideas derived from Durkheim. While commonly recognized for these fundamental concepts, however, Durkheim is becoming increasingly known for far more. In recent years, social theorists have begun looking at his work in new ways, situating him in the social, intellectual, and cultural context of his time.
Ivan Strenski, a leading figure in this reexamination, brings together a collection of his own essays to demonstrate the fruitful ways that Durkheimian perspectives can be applied to contemporary issues. Chapters focus on a wide range of topics, including sacrifice, religion, animal rights, and terrorism. Strenski concludes by linking the revitalization of Durkheimian social theory with an exciting new approach to teaching his texts and ideas. This book will be essential reading for scholars in religious studies, anthropology, and sociology.
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Table of Contents
So Much More Durkheim 3
Turning the Philosophical Ground
Durkheim, Hamelin, and the "French Hegel" 33
The Ironies of Fin-de-Siecle Rebellions against Historicism and Empiricism in the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Fifth Section 66
The Vagaries of Religieus Belonging
Durkheim, Judaism, and the Afterlife 87
Zionism, Brahminism, and the Embodied Sacred: What Durkheimians Owe to Sylvain Levi 118
The Rise of Ritual and the Hegemony of Myth: Sylvain Levi, the Durkheimians, and Max Muller 134
Durkheim, Hubert, and the Clerical Modernist Discourse on Symbolism 158
Institutions and Other Afflictions
Durkheim, Disciplinarity, and the "Sciences Religieuses" 181
Liberal Protestant Theology and/or "Science Religieuse" 203
The Durkheimians and the Protestants in the Ecole Pratique, Fifth Section: The Dark Side 216
Politics and Pedagogy Today
Durkheim Sings: Teaching the "New Durkheim" on Religion 229
Christians, Durkheimians, and Other Animals 249
Sacrifice, Gift, and the Social Logic of Muslim "Human Bombers" 270
A Durkheimian Text in Turkey: Ziya Gokalp, Huseyin Nail Kubali, and Muslim Civil Society 303