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Philip A. Mellor, Jonathan Fish, Geoffrey Walford, and W. S. F. Pickering

W.S.F. Pickering and Massimo Rosati (eds.). Suffering and Evil: The Durkheimian Legacy, New York and Oxford: Durkheim Press/Berghahn Books, 2008, 195 pp.

William Ramp (ed.), ‘Durkheim’, Special Issue, Journal of Classical Sociology, vol. 8, no. 2, London: Sage, 2008, 174 pp.

Mohamed Cherkaoui, Durkheim and the Puzzle of Social Complexity, Oxford: Bardwell Press, 2008, 217 pp.

Frédéric Keck and Mélanie Plouviez, Le vocabulaire d’Emile Durkheim, Paris: Ellipses, 2008, 96 pp.

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William Watts Miller, W. S. F. Pickering, and Nick Allen

Jacques Coenen-Huther. Comprendre Durkheim, Paris: Armand Colin, 2010, 220 pp.

I. Strenski (ed.) Émile Durkheim, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, 550 pp. R. Cotterrell (ed.) Émile Durkheim: Justice, Morality and Politics, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, 475 pp.

Mélèze. Marcel Mauss et son frère Henri, Lille: The Book Edition, 2010, 187 pp.

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The Gift of The Nation

Marcel Mauss and the Intersocial Turn of Sociology

Francesco Callegaro

: expanding on the ‘Note on the Notion of Civilisation’ written with Émile Durkheim ( Durkheim and Mauss 1913 ), Mauss succeeded in highlighting comparatively the exceptional features of the nation by situating it in an intersocial field made up of the

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Leo Coleman

Durkheim’ (1961: 9) and his school. And he did this, even as he fought against what he cast as Durkheim's metaphysical illusions of ‘group mind’ and ‘collective ideas’ – or so I propose here, drawing together, as two sides of the same coin, Malinowski

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W. S. F. Pickering

A local historian of Epinal and professor at the Lycée wrote a short article in La Liberté de l’Est on Durkheim as a native of Espinal and a ‘grand philosophe’. The author, Robert Javelet (1914-86), had become a friend of Henri Durkheim (1881-1978) – the only child of Joseph Félix Durkheim, Emile Durkheim’s elder brother. Henri’s mother died when he was very young, and his father died in 1889. Uncle Emile, who had married in 1887, became very much the orphan’s guardian and adopted father. Henri and Marcel Mauss, who was a little older than himself, lived in Bordeaux for several years. Henri became a judge on the outskirts of Paris. His acquaintance with Javelet must have occurred on Henri’s visits to Epinal. It was from his conversations with Henri Durkheim that Javelet constructed this article.

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Jean-Christophe Marcel, Timothy Jenkins, David Moss, William Ramp, Mike Gane, Anne de Sales, and W. S. F. Pickering

Emile Durkheim. L’Évaluation en comité. Textes et rapports de souscription au Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques 1903-1917, présentés et édités par Stéphane Baciocchi et Jennifer Mergy, Oxford and New York: Durkheim Press/Berghahn Books. 2003. p. 207.

Marcel Mauss, On Prayer, translated by Susan Leslie, edited with an introduction by W. S. F. Pickering and anthropological commentary by Howard Morphy, Oxford and New York: Durkheim Press/Berghahn Books. 2003. pp. 208

Massimo Rosati e Ambrogio Santambrogio (eds). Émile Durkheim, contributi per una rilettura critica, Rome: Meltemi. 2002. pp. 308.

Ken Thompson. Emile Durkheim, Revised edition. London: Routledge. 2002. pp. 179.

Michèle Richman. Sacred Revolutions, Durkheim and the Collège de Sociologie, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. 2002. pp. 248.

Robert Parkin. Louis Dumont and Hierarchical Opposition, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. 2003. p. 251.

Raymond Boudon avec Robert Leroux. Y a-t-il encore une sociologie?, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2003. pp. 249.

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William Watts Miller, W. S. F. Pickering, Giovanni Paoletti, Massimo Rosati, Mike Hawkins, W. D. Halls, Jean de Lannoy, and Alexander T. Riley

Neil Gross and Robert Alun Jones (eds., trans.). Durkheim’s Philosophy Lectures: Notes from the Lycée de Sens Course, 1883-1884, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. pp. 339.

Massimo Borlandi and Giovanni Busino (eds.), ‘La sociologie durkheimienne: tradition et actualité. À Philippe Besnard, in memoriam’, Revue européenne des sciences sociales, XLII (129) 2004. pp.410.

Warren Schmaus. Rethinking Durkheim and His Tradition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. pp. 195.

Anne Warfield Rawls. Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2005. pp. 355.

W. Schmaus, Rethinking Durkheim and His Tradition, and A. W. Rawls, Epistemology and Practice. Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

Jonathan S. Fish. Defending the Durkheimian Tradition: Religion, Emotion and Morality, Aldershot: Ashgate. 2005. pp. 207.

E. Dubreucq. Une éducation républicaine. Marion, Buisson, Durkheim, Paris: Vrin. 2004. pp. 236.

Annette Becker. Maurice Halbwachs. Un intellectuel en guerres mondiales, 1914-1945. Paris: Agnès Viénot. 2003. pp. 478.

Jeffrey Alexander. The Meanings of Social Life, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 2003. pp. 296.

Randall Collins. Interaction Ritual Chains, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. 2004. pp. 464.

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Sue Stedman Jones

‘Representation’ is the key theoretical term of Durkheim’s sociology. It is both central to the nature of social experience and to how this is accessed by the social theorist (see Pickering 2000). In the second edition of Les règles Durkheim stated: ‘Social life is entirely made of representations’ ([1895a] 1987:xi). He made this statement with an obvious degree of irritation, for he insisted that he had ‘expressly stated and repeated (this) in every way’ (ibid). Durkheim had clearly been stung by accusations that he had denied the ‘mental element’ from social experience.

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Keith Hart, Florence Weber, Nathan Schlanger, Gavin Flood, and Mike Gane

Marcel Mauss, Manual of Ethnography, edited by N. J. Allen, translated by D. Lussier, Oxford and New York: Durkheim Press/Berghahn Press, 2007, pp. 212.

Marcel Mauss, Techniques, Technology and Civilisation, edited and introduced by Nathan Schlanger, New York and Oxford, Durkheim Press/ Berghahn Books, 2006, pp. 178.

Marcel Mauss, Essai sur le don. Forme et raison de l’échange dans les sociétés archaïques, introduction de Florence Weber, Paris: Quadrige/ Presses Universitaires de France, [1925] 2007.

Louise Child, Tantric Buddhism and Altered States of Consciousness: Durkheim, Emotional Energy and Visions of the Consort, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, pp. vii, 197.

James Dingley, Nationalism, Social Theory and Durkheim, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, pp. 221.

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Ruy Llera Blanes

In this article I explore the contemporary relevance of Émile Durkheim’s classic theory of anomie with respect to both the discipline of social anthropology and the study of politics in Africa. I take as a case study present-day, post-war Angola, where an activist mobilisation (the Revolutionary Movement) has engaged in what I call ‘anomic diagnostics’ in opposing the country’s current regime. Through a political reading of Durkheim’s theory, I suggest that, while the French author situates anomie and suicide as cause and consequence respectively within a conservative view of society, Angolan activists instead see anomie as the starting point for a progressive political proposition productive of rupture.