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Rules of Sociological Method

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First published in 1895: Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology—now with a new introduction and improved translation by leading scholar Steven Lukes.The Rules of the Sociological Method is among the most important contributions to the field of sociology, still debated among scholars today. Through letters, arguments, and commentaries on signif ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Free Press (first published 1895)
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Akbar Madan
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sean
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sociology
A seminal work in sociology (or more broadly, as Durkheim would prefer, in social science), this book details what a scientific approach to the study of societies ought to look like. Many of the rules the author sets out appear self-evident, even though a myriad of social scientists, students, and amateur thinkers today still fail to abide by them.

These rules are for the most part reasonably justified, from his conception of social facts as phenomena external to the individual, to the proper mea
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Corbin Routier
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very organized structure on how to look at society in order to understand it from a sociological standpoint.

"In thinking about the world of the senses each one of us colours it in his own way, and different people adapt themselves differently to an identical physical environment."
-Emile Durkheim

"One must systematically discard all preconceptions... [Feelings] are not due to some transcendental precognition of reality, but are the result of all kinds of disordered impressions and emotion accum
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Tanya
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory-praxis
Pretty much the founding text in the formation of sociology as a field, this book centers sociology within an academy that holds the scientific as the highest of disciplinary methods. Whether or not you agree, the language of legitimization is fascinating and, considering that the call to form a new discipline was a political act in 1895 France, tight.
Laura
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: college-related
*college related*
Daniel Cheng
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Emile Durkheim gets a lot of well-deserved credit for legitimizing the field of sociology, but this book shows you the insane myopia he went through for that achievement. Durkheim desperately wanted sociology to be as much of a science as physics and biology, but he just couldn't accept the fact that sociology has no laboratory environment where contingent variables can be removed. When the only place you can observe your object of study (society) is the real world, then obviously a lot of thing ...more
Mia
Feb 02, 2016 added it
Here Durkheim sees to establish sociology as a science that studies 1Esocial facts 1D. He argues the very naturalistic concept of viewing social facts as things, which can be subjected to rules, just as in natural sciences
1EA social fact is every way of acting, fixed or not, capable of exercising on the individual an external constraint; or again, every way of acting which is general throughout a given society, while at the same time existing in its own right independent of its individual manif
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Pierre E. Loignon
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Durkheim est un empiriste qui tente d’entraîner les autres sociologues à sa suite en critiquant l’idéalisme en science et en proposant une méthode rigoureuse afin de définir et observer l’objet d’étude, le « fait social », avec clarté et rigueur.
Si les qualités heuristiques de certains éléments de son argumentation sont discutables et elles comportent parfois quelques contradictions, je crois qu’il faut y trouver les signes d’une recherche intense d’un « noyau dur » qui ne pourra être remis en
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Teresa
Oct 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Emile Durkheim is one of the big three of classical sociological theory (the other two being Marx and Weber) and I honestly hadn't read a great deal of his work before this year besides a few pages of suicide from an undergrad theory class. I get why Durkheim is still considered one of the founders of sociology but this book was an awful thing to slog through. 100 hundred years ago and translated from French does not equal a compelling read, especially when you have to give a half-hearted presen ...more
Fernanda La Salye
Os fatos sociais devem ser tratados como coisas'. Com esta afirmação polêmica Émile Durkheim orienta de modo decisivo uma disciplina que estava se formando e à qual esta obra, mais do que qualquer outra, dava fundamentos sólidos. Para Durkheim existe uma ruptura entre a psicologia e a sociologia como existe entre a biologia e as ciências físico-químicas. O ser coletivo possui uma natureza sui generis e a consciência coletiva é distinta da consciência individual.
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Much of Durkheim's work was concerned with how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in modernity; an era in which traditional social and religious ties are no longer assumed, and in which new social institutions have come into being. His first major sociological work was The Division of Labor in Society (1893). In 1895, he published his Rules of the Sociological Method and set up ...more
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