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The social before the sociological rereading 19th-century social thinking

Le social avant la sociologie. Comment relire la pensée sociale du XIXe siècle

Thematic issue of L'Année sociologique. Guest editor : François Vatin. Volume 67 / 2017, issue 2

Numéro thématique de L'Année sociologique sous la direction de François Vatin. Volume 67, numéro 2, 2017

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Published on Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

It is customary to locate the birth of sociology in the final years of the 19th century. In this respect, the case of France is particularly significant, with the publication of Émile Durkheim’s The Rules of Sociological Method in 1895. Rightly or wrongly, Durkheim’s founding act, more or less transposed into the other intellectual traditions, nevertheless led the variously named schools of social thought that had preceded it - social science, social physiology, social philosophy, social physics, etc. – to be relegated to the dark ages of “prehistory”. It is not the goal of this call for papers to rehabilitate forgotten social traditions, to deny the break that occurred at the end of the 19th century or to diminish the importance of the survey in sociological inquiry. It is to reflect on the pertinence for contemporary sociology of reading the works that preceded the moment conventionally accepted as the birth of sociology.

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Argument

It is customary to locate the birth of sociology in the final years of the 19th century. In this respect, the case of France is particularly significant, with the publication of Émile Durkheim’s The Rules of Sociological Method in 1895. Rightly or wrongly, Durkheim’s founding act, more or less transposed into the other intellectual traditions, nevertheless led the variously named schools of social thought that had preceded it - social science, social physiology, social philosophy, social physics, etc. – to be relegated to the dark ages of “prehistory”. It is not the goal of this call for papers to rehabilitate forgotten social traditions, to deny the break that occurred at the end of the 19th century or to diminish the importance of the survey in sociological inquiry. It is to reflect on the pertinence for contemporary sociology of reading the works that preceded the moment conventionally accepted as the birth of sociology. The case of France, which is emblematic owing not only to the richness of 19th-century social thought, but also to the particularly clear break in the social sciences produced by the Durkheim’s work. But the other national traditions of Europe are also worth studying in this light: that of Great Britain, marked by liberal economic thought; that of Germany with its “cameralism” and its “socialism of the chair”; that of Italy, at the crossroads of the French and German intellectual cultures…

A more detailed presentation of the argument is available on the Presses universitaires de France website

Guest editor

François Vatin (University Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense)

Submission Guidelines

Authors must submit a 1/2 page abstract indicating their intention to submit a full paper.

We invite authors to submit their manuscripts to the guest editor and to the journal (see below) and to consult guidelines for formatting final papers at this page.

We also welcome books reviews.

Please Note: Refereeing will take place through a preliminary submission to the guest editor before a “double blind” review process.

Deadlines

Summary submission (1/2 page): September 30th, 2015.

Full papers submission: December 31st, 2015.

Notification of review process: May 2016

Revised paper submission: September 30th, 2016

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Keywords

  • pensée sociale, Durkheim, physiologie sociale, philosophie sociale, physique sociale

Contact(s)

  • François Vatin
    courriel : vatin [at] u-paris10 [dot] fr

Information source

  • annie devinant
    courriel : annie [dot] devinant [at] paris-sorbonne [dot] fr

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