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Gabriel Tarde and Organization Theory

Barbara Czarniawska

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199535231
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199535231.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Gabriel Tarde and Organization Theory

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In his lifetime, Gabriel Tarde (1843–1904) was a competitor of Émile Durkheim and, judging from many contemporary accounts, a victorious one. Although his works were translated into many languages and were well-known in social psychology and the sociology of law, they were forgotten by the early 1970s. At present, there is a strong renewed interest in Tarde's work, to the point of some critics talking of a ‘Tardomania’. This wave has not yet reached organization studies; however, this article claims that it should. In the text, it first offers differing interpretations of Tarde's work that might explain the changing fate of his reputation. This article scrutinizes several Tardean concepts, illustrating their potential relevance for understanding organizations.

Keywords: Gabriel Tarde; organization theory; organization studies; Émile Durkheim; sociology of law; social psychology

Article.  9434 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business History

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