There has been a growing interest in Durkheim, founding father of sociology, since the 1970s. This volume takes a look at the current stage of Durkheimian studies, pointing out paths scholars are w following as they examine the various themes of study that Durkheim opened up to the academic world. They clearly demonstrate the continuing importance of Durkheim's works and the benefits to be derived from re-reading them in the light of contemporary social developments. W. S. F. Pickering is a retired Lecturer in sociology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1991, he helped to found the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.