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The Radical Durkheim By Frank Pearce

The Radical Durkheim

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This appraisal of Durkheim's work aims to show how his arguments can extend our understanding of social and political change. It attempts to reveal and retheorize the concepts that inform his work, and out of this exploration, to generate and develop new theoretical analyses.

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The Radical Durkheim by Frank Pearce

This appraisal of Durkheim's sociological theory shows how his arguments can be developed to extend our understanding of social and political change. Since a major concern of the book is to develop a more adequate picture of the parameters within which a feasible socialist society could operate, there is a continual reference to the manifest and latent socialist elements of Durkheim's thought. The author produced this synthesis of ideas after examining the works of Marx, Weber and Durkheim and coming to the conclusion that while Marx was scathing about utopian socialism he was by no means immune to its dangers and this was particularly true of his image of communism and of its relationship to socialism. He reveals how Durkheim helps provide a critique of Marx's concept of communism and forces socialists to be somewhat less sanguine about the presence and role of the state and law in socialist societies. Later it is shown that whilst there are significant discontinuities between capitalist and socialist societies that there are also continuities in relationship to their forms of order and their likely sources of disorder. The author implies that this could help socialists produce less moralistic critiques of capitalism and develop more realistic and realizeable political programmes.

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Table of Contents

Durkheim's sociology - a conceptual critique; Durkheim and politics; Durkheim and the division of labour; Durkheim and the juridical relation; fatalism; a reformulation of Durkheim's suicide; Durkheim and Marx - a dialogue; the state, law and order in complex societies.

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The Radical Durkheim by Frank Pearce
Frank Pearce
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