9781137352408

Durkheim and the Law

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137352408

  • ISBN10:

    113735240X

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

The law was central to Durkheim's sociological theory and to his efforts to establish sociology as a distinctive discipline. This revised and updated second edition of Durkheim and the Law brings together key texts which demonstrate the development of Durkheim's thinking on the sociology of law, several of them newly translated here.

The editors, both world-renowned Durkheim scholars, provide a comprehensive analysis of the intellectual significance and distinctiveness of Durkheim's work on the subject. They show how his ideas evolved over time; how they contributed to the development of a distinctively Durkheimian vision of a science of society; and they provide a comprehensive assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of his theorizing about law, as well as its continuing relevance for contemporary sociology.

Enriched with a new introduction and useful learning features, this book remains a major reference for students of socio-legal theory.

Author Biography

Steven Lukes is Professor of Sociology at New York University, USA. He studied at Oxford and has previously held posts at Oxford, Florence, Siena and London. He is an emeritus Fellow of the British Academy and an editor of the European Journal Of Sociology. His writing and teaching have ranged over political science, political and moral philosophy, sociology, anthropology and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is the author of Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work (1972) and, most recently, Moral Relativism (2005).
 
Andrew Scull is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He was educated at Balliol College Oxford, and at Princeton and has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and the University of California. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, has held fellowships from (among others) the American Council of Learned Societies and the Guggenheim Foundation, and is past President of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

Table of Contents

List of Sources
Preface
Acknowledgements
Editors' Introduction
1.The Durkheimian View of Morality and Law
2. Law as an Index of Social Solidarity
3.From Repressive to Restitutive Law
4.The Evolution of Punishment
5.Crime and Punishment
6.The Legal Prohibition of Suicide
7.The Moral Foundations of Modern Law: Individualism
8.The Origins of Law
9.The Basis and Evolution of Contract
References and sources
Index


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