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Rules of Sociological Method Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0029079409 ISBN-10: 0029079403

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (December 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029079403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029079409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French (translation)

About the Author

Emile Durkheim (1858–1917) was a French sociologist who formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Douglas on December 7, 2008
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Durkheim is probably one of the few people who should be allowed to call his book 'The Rules' for Sociology and get away with it. Durkheim's positivism, though I can't agree at every moment, does much to inform the aspiring social scientist about the objects of his/her pursuit. The translation from the French was effective and Luke's introduction is a good frame of reference for both the author as a whole and the specific piece. If you want to understand one of the driving forces behind sociology as it is done today, this is a good point of departure.
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It's just a comically outdated text book, even if it was written by a prominent historical figure. Only of value if you are planning to write a biography about this author and need to know everything about him, including reading all of his works (even the unimportant ones).
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By Adegbemisola Oladunjoye on August 5, 2013
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The book arrived through the promised shipping method and as promised. It was very useful for the purpose I got it for.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By not a natural on June 21, 2009
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The Rules of Sociological Method is an uncompromising and compelling polemic against methodological individualism. It argues that explanations of human behavior are not invariably reducible to individual-level factors. Instead, social facts, real social phenomena which are more than just convenient short-hand terms for aggregated entities have an existence of their own, produce predictable social outcomes, and do not rest on the heads and hearts of individual human beings.

By way of providing a speculative contemporary illustration, it has been reported that suicide rates among American soldiers in Iraq are higher than in previous conflicts. Could this be due to the the fact that the character of individual soldiers has changed such that the one's fighting in Iraq are less capable of withstanding the merciless stress of combat than soldiers in earlier wars? It's possible. But can we think of a plausible, in principle testable, alternative explanation that is social in character and does not rely on reference to individual traits?

The war in Iraq is unique in that National Guard and Reserve units comprise 40 percent of the total fighting force. With the exception of the very beginning of the Korean War, the National Guard and Reserve have not played a combat role in past conflicts, being kept at home for domestic duties. When compared with the regular army, National Guard and Reserve units are poorly trained, lacking in discipline and conditioning, very short on experienced officers and non-commissioned officers, and commonly use obsolete, poorly maintained equipment.
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