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Description - The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life by Emile Durkheim

In this 1912 classic, a founder of modern sociology seeks the enduring source of human social identity. Emile Durkheim presents a remarkably accessible examination of animism, naturism, totemism, myth, and ritual. His intriguing views and ultimate conclusion that the source of religion and morality lies in collective consciousness, rather than in individual minds remains a topic of debate among sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, philosophers, and theologians.Durkheim edited L'Annee Sociologique, the first journal of sociology, and was instrumental in establishing the field as a social science. With The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, he explores totemism among Australia's Aborigines, offering the opportunity ""to yield an understanding of the religious nature of man, by showing us an essential and permanent aspect of humanity."" Durkheim's study focuses on the need and capacity of humans to relate to one another socially, with religion as the core of the moral universe. An excellent introduction to the influential sociologist's ideas, this book continues to speak to new generations about the intriguing origin and nature of religion and society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780486454566
ISBN-10: 0486454568
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 134mm x 24mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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