Durkheim Sings

Ivan Strenski

in Teaching Durkheim

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195165272
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784554 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

 Durkheim Sings

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The publication in 1974 of Steven Lukes's Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work, brought a new Durkheim into focus. A new generation of historical reappraisal and study was initiated into the life and works of Durkheim, the benefits of which are only now, a quarter of a century later, being reaped. Here, Durkheim is located within the context of his real life and times and not tailored to fit the needs of theorizing in the social sciences, in fields such as quantitative sociology, or in the dogmas of mainstream ideologies, such as with bourgeois individualism. This chapter discusses how this “new” Durkheim can be taught in religious studies.

Keywords: teaching; religious studies; religion; historical reappraisal; social sciences

Chapter.  6776 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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