Durkheimian Sociology: Cultural Studies by Jeffrey C. AlexanderDurkheimian Sociology: Cultural Studies by Jeffrey C. Alexander

Durkheimian Sociology: Cultural Studies

byJeffrey C. AlexanderEditorJeffrey C. Alexander

Paperback | November 30, 1990

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The best-known classic works of Emile Durkheim are characterized by a structural approach to the understanding of society, and it is this element of his writings that has been most taken up by modern social science. This volume rejects the dominant structural approach, drawing instead on Durkheim''s later work, in which he shifted to a symbolic theory of modern industrial societies that emphasized the importance of ritual to collective behavior. By doing so, the contributors offer not only a radically different interpretation of Durkheim, but also a challenging new way of linking the interpretation of culture and the interpretation of society.
Title:Durkheimian Sociology: Cultural StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 X 5.98 X 0.55 inPublished:November 30, 1990Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: Durkheimian sociology and cultural studies today Jeffrey C. Alexander; Part I. Social Change and Saralization: 1. The sacred and the French Revolution Lynn Hunt; 2. From Durkheim to Managua: revolutions as religious revivals Edward A. Tiryakian; 3. The Liminal fight: mass strikes as ritual and interpretation Eric W. Rothenbuhler; Part II. Micro and Macro in Symbolic Context: 4. Religious elements in friendship: Durkheimian theory in an empirical context Ruth A. Wallace and Shirley F. Hartley; 5. The Durkheimian tradition in conflict sociology Randall Collins; 6. Social structure and civil religion: legitimation crisis in a late Durkheimian perspective Hans-Peter Müller; Part III. Ritualization and Public Life: 7. Articulating consenus: the ritual and rhetoric of media events Daniel Dayan and Elihu Katz; 8. Culture and political crisis: ''Watergate'' and Durkheimian sociology Jeffrey C. Alexander; Index.

From Our Editors

This book is designed to bring the analysis of symbolic phenomena more directly into the discourse of sociology. The human studies are in the midst of an explosion of cultural interest. In diverse disciplinary orientations throughout Europe and in literary studies in the United States, semiotics and structuralism-and the poststructuralist movements which have followed in their wake-have fundamentally affected contemporary understandings of social experience and ideas.

Editorial Reviews

"...a series of stimulating chapters...The book is filled with gems of insight, making it a most provocative use of the Durkheimian tradition." Contemporary Sociology