Durkheim's Theory of Misrecognition

Jacques Berlinerblau

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's Theory of Misrecognition

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This chapter offers a brief exegesis of Durkheim's theory of misrecognition, a component of his work that has received little attention. Although he never explicitly employed the term misrecognition, it accurately describes a basic idea seen in all of his major works and many of his minor ones. The analysis of this concept is germane to this inquiry in the following respects. First, this theme is found in everything that irks students and scholars about Durkheimian theory. Second, within the notion of misrecognition are a variety of pedagogical orientations which may be of use to those who lecture on theory.

Keywords: antecedents; consequences; misrecognition; pedagogy

Chapter.  9607 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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