The Anthem Companion to Émile Durkheim

The Anthem Companion to Émile Durkheim

Edited by Gregor Fitzi & Nicola Marcucci

Anthem Companions to Sociology

The Anthem Companion to Émile Durkheim intends to offer different practical attempts to build on Durkheim’s legacy and investigate the issues and controversies that characterise contemporary societies and thus contribute to develop further this path of critical enquiry into ‘classical sociology’.

Hardback, 250 Pages


April 2022

£120.00, $195.00

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About This Book

Starting in the 1970s, the collective work of revision and rediscovery of a ‘new Durkheim’ has begun unveiling the richness of Durkheim’s sociology, freeing his legacy from the limits of previous interpretations. For some decades now, researchers have begun confronting and revising the traditional image of Durkheim as a sociologist who has a strong epistemological continuity with positivism, who is ideologically conservative and whose abstract functionalism often lacks a proper historical understanding of political institutions. 

What links the contributions in this Anthem Companion to Émile Durkheim is a shared conviction of the necessity of moving forward and contributing to a new phase characterized by a new vision of Durkheim’s theories. The contributions to this volume provide new insights into Durkheim’s classical texts and juxtapose them with the reconstruction of his lectures and lesser known writings to offer a wider understanding of his oeuvre. 

The Anthem Companion to Émile Durkheim intends to offer different practical attempts to build on Durkheim’s legacy and investigate the issues and controversies that characterise contemporary societies and thus contribute to develop further this path of critical enquiry into ‘classical sociology’.


This collection is part of the "Anthem Companions to Sociology" series, which reflects on important sociological figures, broadly defined, and features essays by international scholars, including both sociologists and scholars from other disciplines. This approach yields an unusual breadth of perspectives. It also offers some challenges to American readers, who may find the literary styles and issues less than familiar. This text on Durkheim from editors Fitzi (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, France) and Marcucci (The New School) explores 10 specific aspects of Durkheim’s sociology. Each essay deals with that chapter author’s particular interest in exhaustive, sometimes exhausting, detail. Readers may find this approach less basic and comprehensive than they might expect from a companion volume; the editors clearly assume an audience familiar with Durkheim’s entire body of work and prepared to engage with more focused issues. Thus, this work is most appropriate for advanced readers, particularly those specializing in the history and philosophy of social sciences —E. L. Maher, emerita, Indiana University South Bend.

The Anthem Companions to Sociology offers wide ranging and masterly overviews of the works of major sociologists. The volumes in the series provide authoritative and critical appraisals of key figures in modern social thought. These books, written and edited by leading figures, are essential additional reading on the history of sociology. -Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton

This ambitious series provides an intellectually thoughtful introduction to the featured social theorists and offers a comprehensive assessment of their legacy. Each edited collection synthesizes the many dimensions of the respective theorist’s contributions and sympathetically ponders the various nuances in and the broader societal context for their body of work. The series will be appreciated by seasoned scholars and students alike. -Michele Dillon, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire

The orchestration and emergence of the Anthem Companions to Sociology represent a formidable and invaluable achievement. Each companion explores the scope, ingenuity, and conceptual subtleties of the works of a theorist indispensable to the sociological project. The editors and contributors for each volume are the very best in their fields, and they guide us towards the richest, most creative seams in the writings of their thinker. The results, strikingly consistent from one volume to the next, brush away the years, reanimate what might have been lost, and bring numerous rays of illumination to the most pressing challenges of the present. -Rob Stones, Professor of Sociology, Western Sydney University, Australia

The Anthem Companions, those that have appeared already and those that are to come, will give every sociologist a handy and authoritative guide to all the giants of their discipline. -Stephen Mennell, Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin

Author Information

Gregor Fitzi is associated researcher at the Centre Georg Simmel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. 

Nicola Marcucci is visiting assistant professor in the department of sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York City and a member of the LIER at EHESS in Paris. 


Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gregor Fitzi, Nicola Marcucci, “Explorations with the New Durkheim”; Intellectual Contexts and Epistemological Issues: Susan Stedman Jones, “Back to the Future: Durkheim and the Aporia of Sociological Theory”, Keith Sawyer, “The ‘Autonomy of Mental and Social entities’. A Paraphrased New Translation of Durkheim’s Article ‘Individual and Collective Representations’”; Education, Moral Regulation and Religion: Giovanni Paoletti, “Education, Social Link and Social Change: A Survey on Durkheim’s Pedagogical Works”, Gregor Fitzi, “Moral Sociology: The Actuality of a Research Programme”, Ivan Strenski, “Affinities, Antipathies and the Buddhadharma: The Genesis of Durkheim’s Concept of Religion”; Law and Politics: Roger Cotterrell, “Law and Justice in Durkheim’s Sociology”, Nicola Marcucci, “The Institution of Justice. Solidarity as the Obligation of the Moderns according to Durkheim”, Francesco Callegaro, “Towards a Sociological Socialism. Durkheim’s Political Perspective in Retrospect”; Social and Political Controversies: Stefania Ferrando, “Durkheim’s Theory of the Modern Family. Freedom, the State, and Sociology”, Pierre Charbonnier, “Durkheim and the Industrial Remaking of the World. Autonomy with and against Nature”.


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