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Le Suicide in Poland

Analysis of the Spread and Reception of a Sociological Classic

Antoni Sułek

In 2006 a Polish translation of Émile Durkheim’s Le suicide was published in Warsaw. Polish sociology is one of the most active in the European sociological tradition, both drawing and contributing to this, and has developed in close touch with the world’s centres of sociology. Yet Le suicide was not translated into Polish until more than one hundred years after the original edition. The paper explores this paradoxical situation, and traces the work’s career from its early reception in Poland, through the inter-war years, the post-Stalinist ‘thaw’ after 1956, the Solidarity movement and the crisis of the 1980s, up to the present day. But also, in taking the example of Le suicide and Poland, it aims to show how a classic work created in the centre of Europe spreads across other countries; which paths it takes; how it reaches a country situated far from the metropolis; how it is perceived there, accepted or rejected; how it is assimilated and included in the body of public and scientific work.

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From Solidarity to Social Inclusion

The Political Transformations of Durkheimianism

Derek Robbins

The article begins with Pierre Rosanvallon's account of the mutations of 'Jacobin ideology' and the function of sociology in criticising this in France at the end of the nineteenth century. I suggest it was not Durkheim's intention simply to criticise a 'Jacobin' form of political ideology. Rather, it was to construct an affinity between sociological explanation and social facts, such that sociological discourse would appropriate the sphere of the political and take part, by so doing, in the constitution of a participative social democracy. I then touch on the post-mortem academicisation of Durkheim's work in France between the wars, to ask if the emergent Durkheimianism neutralised Durkheim's original socio-political intentions. This leads to a discussion of the resurgent domination of the discourse of politics in the 1960s, as manifested in Aron's critiques of Durkheim and in his defence of constitutional law at the beginning of the Fifth Republic, but also to an examination of Bourdieu's attempt to retrieve Durkheim's original orientation and to revive the political dynamism of social movements. I comment on the analysis, made in the 1970s by Bourdieu (and Boltanski), of the construction of the dominant postwar ideology in French politics, which includes their critique of 'planification' and of the work, amongst others, of Jacques Delors. They saw the language used by the newly dominant political managers as exploiting the sociological discourse of 'solidarity' and 'social exclusion', not to realize its intentions, but to reinforce their own control. I briefly consider the argument's implications for an analysis of European Commission social policy initiatives during the presidency of Delors, comment on the British Conservative government's objections in the 1980s and 1990s to the very use of this language, and ask if the Labour government's adoption of the discourse of 'social inclusion' in 1997 was indicative of either a political or a social agenda. Finally, I return to Rosanvallon and situate his work politically within the ideological debate of 1995 between him and Bourdieu. It is to conclude with the suggestion that Rosanvallon's apparent disinclination to recognize the importance of Durkheim's work is indicative of his present position-taking, which necessarily entails a suppression of Durkheim's real intentions.

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Robert Leroux

everywhere in Boudon's work from the 1970s where he discussed rationality and action. He has not yet started to speak of the principle of methodological individualism. From that moment, which can be dated around the beginning of the 1980s, he made Durkheim

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The Role of Small-Scale Farming in Familial Care

Reducing Work Risks Stemming from the Market Economy in Northeast Thailand

Shinsuke Tomita, Mario Ivan Lopez, and Yasuyuki Kono

. The third-largest economy in Southeast Asia, since the 1980s, it has undergone a large transition from a rural to industrialized economy ( ADB 2015 ). Agriculture accounts for 8.3 percent to GDP in 2016 and is a major exporter of rice and other

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Public Evaluation of Society in China

The Social Quality Approach

Ren Liying and Zou Yuchin

raised the concept of the “good society” in 1937. With a strong objection to communism, fascism, or totalism, he offered a liberal agenda as a blueprint of a good society. However, he failed to give an exact meaning of this concept. In the 1980s, a new

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The Social Consequences of Brexit for the UK and Europe

Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division

Steve Corbett

Euroscepticism since the 1980s, while only the Guardian , the Independent , and the Financial Times are considered in any way “Europostive” ( Startin 2015 ). The Eurosceptic campaigns include the Daily Express (circulation around 500,000), which officially

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The Rule of Law—A Heuristic Perspective?

earlier her worry about the possibilities for a genuine welfare benefit system in, especially, Eastern European countries because of the outcomes of ongoing transformations in the 1970s and 1980s. Some years later, the Hungarian scholar Gábor Juhász

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Rolf Dieter Hepp

interest in the “new economic sociology” in the Untied States deserves a particular mention in this context. This trend, which became international in the 1980s (in the tradition of American neoinstitutionalism) offers a great number of possible

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The Socio-analytical Approach

Differences in International Scientific Discourses

Rolf-Dieter Hepp

how the “shock waves” that have emanated since the 1980s from the reorganization of companies and the world economy have had different effects, so that society divides itself into a “zone of exclusion,” a “zone of vulnerability” and a “zone of

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Citizens and Citizenship

The Rhetoric of Dutch Immigrant Integration Policy in 2011

Dana Rem and Des Gasper

dispute since the late 1980s, and a major reorientation in terms of incentives, support, and facilities occurred during the 1990s. The leaders of the government coalition in 1991 had already made explicit statements, after Frits Bolkenstein, the leader of