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'The Politics of the Future'

An Unknown Text by Émile Durkheim

Jennifer Mergy

In April 1917, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Toulouse – The Toulouse Wire – published Durkheim’s response to a survey entitled ‘The Politics of the Future’. Along with a number of politicians, economists and intellectuals, the sociologist was asked to give his opinion on party politics after the end of the war, and specifically on the country’s economic reconstruction.

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Texts by Emile Durkheim 2003 L’évaluation en comité. Textes et rapports de souscription au Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques 1903-1917, édités et présentés par Stéphane Baciocchi et Jennifer Mergy, Oxford and New York: Durkheim Press/Berghahn Books. (Its dating-enumeration according to Lukes is 2003a.)

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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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Society, Morality, Embodiment

Tracing Durkheim's Legacy

Sondra L. Hausner

This issue of Durkheimian Studies presents the collective efforts of the participants of a workshop held in late 2017, the centenary anniversary of Émile Durkheim’s death, at the University of Oxford. The articles that emerged from it, published together in this special issue for the first time along with some new material, demonstrate a continuation of classic Durkheimian themes, but with contemporary approaches. First, they consider the role of action in the production of society. Second, they rely on authors’ own ethnographies: the contributors here engage with Durkheimian questions from the data of their own fieldsites. Third, effervescence, one of Durkheim’s most innovative contributions to sociology, is considered in depth, and in context: how do societies sustain themselves over time? Finally, what intellectual histories did Durkheim himself draw upon – and how can we better understand his conceptual contributions in light of these influences?

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Robert Parkin, W. S. F. Pickering, and Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi

Robert Hertz. OEuvres publiées: édition critique, ed. Cyril Isnart, Paris: Classiques Garniers, 2014, 466 pp. Review by Robert Parkin

Matthieu Béra. Emile Durkheim à Bordeaux (1887–1902), Bordeaux: Éditions Confluences, 2014, 135 pp. Review by W. S. F. Pickering

Alexander Riley, The Social Thought of Émile Durkheim, Los Angeles and London: Sage, 2015, xi + 263 pp. Review by W. S. F. Pickering

Sondra Hausner (ed.), Durkheim in Dialogue: A Centenary Celebration of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2013, 267 pp. Review by Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi

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Ilkka Pyysiäinen

The question of how we should understand the fact that Durkheim calls religion 'a variety of illusion (délire)' has recently been discussed in this journal. In the following, I briefly outline a new interpretation, leaving its more detailed development to a later publication. I argue that Durkheim's notion of religion as drawing from Boyer's idea of counterintuitive representations can further develop illusion. Also Durkheim's idea of the social as the basis of religion partly relates to some of Boyer's arguments and those of other cognitive scientists of religion. It, too, can be elaborated in the light of some recent cognitive-evolutionary considerations.

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Jean-Christophe Marcel and Mike Gane

Raymond Boudon (ed.), Durkheim fut-il durkheimien? Jean-Christophe Marcel

Marcel Mauss, Techniques, technologie et civilisation, ed. N. Schlanger

Jean-François Bert (ed.), 'Les Techniques du corps' de Marcel Mauss: Dossier critique Mike Gane

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Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi and Robert Parkin

Alexander Riley, W. S. F. Pickering and William Watts Miller (eds.), Durkheim, the Durkheimians and the Arts - Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi

Robert Hertz, Sociologie religieuse et anthropologie : deux enquêtes de terrain (1912–1915), ed. S. Baciocchi and Nicolas Mariot - Robert Parkin

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Jean Terrier, Dominique Merillé, A. M. C. Waterman, Susan Stedman Jones, Nick Allen, Mike Gane, and Caitlin Meagher

Émile Durkheim. Hobbes à l’agrégation. Un cours d’Émile Durkheim suivi par Marcel Mauss, edited by Jean-François Bert, Paris: Editions EHESS (Collection ‘Audiographie’), 2012, 64 pp.

Émile Durkheim, Les Règles de la méthode sociologique, édition établie par Jean-Michel Berthelot et présentée par Laurent Mucchielli, Paris, Flammarion (coll. « Champs classiques », n° 879), 2010, 336 pp.

Philippe Steiner. Durkheim and the Birth of Economic Sociology, translated by Keith Tribe, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011, viii + 249 pp.

Jean Terrier. Visions of the Social: Society as a Political Project in France 1750–1950, Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2011, xxxi + 216pp.

Jean-François Bert. Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert et la sociologie des religions. Penser et écrire à deux, Paris: La Cause des Livres, 2012, 171 pp.

Derek Robbins. French Post-War Social Theory, London: Sage, 2012, 193 pp.

Anni Greve. Sanctuaries of the City: Lessons from Tokyo, Farnham: Ashgate, 2011, 206 pp.