The Rules of Sociological Method

This the revised edition of Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology. It is updated and puts Durkheim’s work into context for the twenty-first century reader.

Emile Durkheim, father of Sociology, wrote at the end of the 19th century

“Our whole social environment seems to us to be filled with forces which really exist only in our own minds”

Durkheim succeeded in having Sociology accepted as a legitimate science at the time. Sociology was for him the science of institutions,

“beliefs and modes of behavior instituted by the collectivity”

as he explained in The Rules of Sociological Method.

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