Long recognised as a foundational figure in the development of social scientific thought, Emile Durkheim's work has been the subject of intense debate over the years. This authoritative and comprehensive collection of essays re-examines the impact of Durkheim's thought, considering the historical contexts of his work as well as evaluating his ideas in relation to current issues and controversies. Eminent authorities in the field have contributed to this up-to-date overview, giving the reader - both students and academics - a chance to engage directly with leading figures in the field about contemporary trends, ideas and dilemmas. This volume reflects the cross-disciplinary application of Durkheim's theories and will interest scholars of anthropology, political science, cultural studies and philosophy, as well as sociology. This is a landmark volume that redefines the relevance of Durkheim to the human sciences in the twenty-first century.
Jeffrey C. Alexander is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Yale University and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. He has published extensively in the areas of sociological theory and cultural sociology. Philip Smith is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology, University of Yale.