The Anthem Companion to Maurice Halbwachs

The Anthem Companion to Maurice Halbwachs

Edited by Robert Leroux & Jean-Christophe Marcel

Anthem Companions to Sociology

This book seeks to place Louis Maurice Halbwachs in his historical and intellectual context, showing that his work was sensitive to the events of his time, and that the development of his analysis could be influenced by happenstance.

Hardback, 250 Pages


June 2021

£120.00, $195.00

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About This Book

For a quarter of a century now, and more particularly over the last decade, Maurice Halbwachs has inspired a growing literature embodied by many sociologists and historians of social sciences, published for the most part in scientific journals, focusing on the sociological thought that Halbwachs developed in his writings. Then come many studies that emerge from the history of ideas and epistemology: these are entirely devoted to a particular facet of Halbwachs’ work, either to place it in its scientific context or to discuss it on the basis of fundamental cognitive issues.

Our task is not to summarize or synthesize the thinking of Halbwachs, which would be far too vast an undertaking for an exercise of this kind. He was keenly aware of the most pressing epistemological and methodological questions surrounding the nascent sociology. He thought about the place of demography in the study of social life; he posed the problem of the role of psychology; and he considered the application of statistics. Better yet, he asked what a society really is: a kind of “organization” trying to last and preserve itself, adapting to the conditions of its environment. There is no doubt that Halbwachs contributed to the emergence of sociology especially after World War I. His studies have always been innovative, part of the intellectual debates at the moment. In particular, his work invests the question of knowing if it was possible to study in a positive way human spirit, and especially intellectual faculties.


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Author Information

Robert Leroux is a professor of sociology at the University of Ottawa. 

Jean-Christophe Marcel is a professor of sociology at the University of Burgundy.


Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A theorist of collective memory, Éric Brian; Chapter 2. Halbwachs and the Durkeimian perspective on history, Robert Leroux; Chapter 3. Maurice Halbwachs, sociologist of memory. His reception in Italy and the development of the sociology of memory,Teresa Grande; Chapter 4. Population as the body of society, Jean-Christophe Marcel; Chapter 5. Urban morphology and social morphology: Marcel Roncayolo and the work of Maurice Halbwachs, Gilles Montigny; Chapter 6. Halbwachs and Leibniz. Halbwachs’ sociology, Guillaume Coqui; Chapter 7. Halbwachs on Quetelet and the Use of Statistics in Sociology, Christian Robitaille; Chapter 8. Maurice Halbwachs and the sociology of consumption and social classes, Lorenzo Migliorati; Chapter 9. From criticism of moral to the probabilistic test, Éric Brian; Chapter 10. The age criterion: between sociology and biology, Marie Jaisson; Chapter 11. Speculation: order or disorder?, Jacques Lautman; Index.


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