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Alexander Riley

William Watts Miller. A Durkheimian Quest: Solidarity and the Sacred. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012, 275 pp.

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Nicolas Sembel and Matthieu Béra

Explication Entries are listed by university year in the chronological order of Durkheim’s loans, and are set out as follows: entry number; author’s surname; text’s main title; year of publication; volume number (t. = volume, np = not given); date of loan – date of return; length of loan (j. = days); type of text (lv. = book, rv. = review, th. = thesis); library catalogue number.

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Nicolas Sembel

Les 505 emprunts de Durkheim à la bibliothèque de Bordeaux entre novembre 1889 et juillet 1902 constituent un matériau de première importance, mais qui ne parle pas de lui-même ; je voudrais pour ma part en proposer une exploitation sociologique. La liste que j’ai établie1 apporte de multiples éclairages, notamment sur le travail intellectuel de Durkheim, sur l’histoire de la sociologie jusqu’au développement actuel de cette discipline.

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Jean-Marc Larouche

Borlandi, M. (ed.). 2012. « Émile Durkheim : Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse, un siècle après », L’Année sociologique 62(2), 280 pp.

Levasse, P. (ed.). 2012. « Durkheim : Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912). Retour sur un héritage », Archives de sciences sociales des religions 159 (juillet–septembre), 267 pp.

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A Major Discovery

Durkheim's Bordeaux University Library Loans

William Watts Miller

The discovery of registers recording Durkheim’s loans from Bordeaux University’s Arts and Science Library, and also his acquisition requests, presents scholars in the field with a vast and at the same time challenging mass of new material. Acknowledgements are due to Nicolas Sembel and Matthieu Béra for their combination of initiative and effort, after the initial discovery’s excitement, in looking for similar registers in the university’s Law and Medical Libraries, but also and not least in combing through the surviving records to work them up into readily accessible documents. In undertaking to publish the fruits of their research in this journal, it has been decided to do so in two stages. The first, in the present issue, consists of the documents themselves together with a commentary, in French, by Nicolas Sembel; this will be followed in the next issue by a commentary, in English, by Matthieu Béra.

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« Par la porte étroite de la pédagogie »

Émile Durkheim ou de l'éducation

Jean-Louis Fabiani

This presentation is an invitation to reconsider the importance of Durkheim's lectures on educational systems and pedagogy. Although pedagogy and the 'science of education' were the only way of starting a university career when sociology did not exist as an institutionalized discipline, one should not limit Durkheim's effort to academic strategy. Texts on education are central in the definition of morality, but they may also be viewed as a bench test for developing historical sociology, for introducing new notions (particularly concerning the inertia of a social system) or for refining key concepts (density, corporation, mobility).

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Quoi de neuf sur Mauss ?

« Quae tota nostra est »

Nicolas Sembel

Jean-François Bert. L’Atelier de Mauss, Paris : CNRS Éditions, 2012, 271 pp.

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Warren Schmaus

Giovanni Paoletti. Durkheim et la philosophie: Répresentation, réalité et lien social. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2012, 474 pp.

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Alexander Gofman

In tracking Durkheim's Russian career, this article first explores Russian sociology during his lifetime, emphasizing its internationalism and noting Russian-related reviews in the Année sociologique. It then focuses on the issue of religion, to compare his approach with contemporary Russian trends, especially bogoyiskatielstvo (god quest) and bogostroyitielstvo (god building). In concluding with the Russian reception of his last great work, Les Formes élémentaires, it contrasts the circumstances before and after his death, the year of the Bolshevik Revolution, and especially compares the responses of Nikolai Berdyaev and Pitirim Sorokin.