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Robert Leroux

Remembering his own intellectual career, Raymond Boudon reminds us that Durkheim was his ‘first great admiration’. He read Le Suicide ‘in detail’ during the year he spent at Columbia University ( Boudon and Leroux 2003: 32 ). In his complementary

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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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Imagining Durkheim

The Cambridge Companion and Two Recent Review Essays

Philip Smith and Jeffrey C. Alexander

Raymond Boudon, ‘Nouveau Durkheim? Vrai Durkheim?’, Durkheimian Studies / Etudes durkheimiennes (n.s.) 12, 2006: 137–148.

Frank Pearce, ‘A Modest Companion to Durkheim’, Durkheimian Studies / Etudes durkheimiennes (n.s.) 12, 2006: 149–160.

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Frank Pearce

This is an essay – along with another, by Raymond Boudon – on The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim (2005), edited by Jeffrey Alexander and Philip Smith. With becoming modesty, the editors admit that their argument for a 'cultural turn' in Durkheimian interpretation isn't universally accepted. Yet there is little sign, in their collection, of contributions that dispute their position. Certainly, some of the articles are interesting and stimulating, though others are modest in another sense, even quite flawed – as in some of their ideas about America. True, in his own article, Alexander makes a good enough case for a 'cultural turn'. But he seems unaware of Durkheim's last publication in his lifetime, 'The Politics of the Future' (1917). And in general, it is necessary to challenge 'culturalism'. This essay suggests an alternative, based not only on The Division of Labour, but the continuing relevance of Durkheim's belief in the need for socialism.

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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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Johanna Gehmacher, Svetla Baloutzova, Orlin Sabev, Nezihe Bilhan, Tsvetelin Stepanov, Evgenia Kalinova, Zorana Antonijevic, Alexandra Ghit, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ana Luleva, Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Courtney Doucette, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Valentina Mitkova, Vjollca Krasniqi, Pepka Boyadjieva, Marina Hughson, and Rayna Gavrilova

influential modern stratification theories, which, though barely familiar to Bulgarian sociology—Raymond Boudon, John Goldthorpe, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Gøsta Esping-Andersen—are able to explain the processes of stratification going on in that society today