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Defending the Durkheimian tradition; religion, emotion, and morality.


Defending the Durkheimian tradition; religion, emotion, and morality.

Fish, Jonathan S.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


207 pages



Rethinking classical sociology series


Fish (U. of Leeds) responds to the renewed interest in the sociological classics by mapping and defending the often-overlooked "non-rational" element, by critically assessing the ways postmodern theorists such as Mestrovic and Maffesoli have extended Durkheim's thought on religion and collective emotion, and by showing new insights about how Durkheim's work relates to schools of thought within the study of the sociology of emotion. To do so he reviews The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Durkheim's lectures on moral education, professional ethics, and civic morals, and his The Division of Labor in Society and The Two Laws of Penal Evolution, as well as works by Parsons and Baudrillard.

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