Nov 092013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-299

Primary Session Category: Contemporary Durkheimian Research
Session Code: CNDS4
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: In recent decades, Durkheimian social theory has engaged with new debates, controversies and modes of sociological practice. In promoting, pursuing and reviewing an array of substantive and comparative studies, Durkheim and his allies treated theory-building and research as inseparable. The time is now ripe to showcase new substantive research engaged with contemporary social developments, issues and crises in a Durkheimian or neo-Durkheimian light. This session is open to researchers applying Durkheimian insights (including those of Mauss, Hubert, Halbwachs, Hertz, Davy, etc.) in fields such as the following (as examples only):

  • political sociology (political virtue; representation; power; state formation and deformation; social movements; nationalism; populism; insurrection; post-politics)
  • sovereignty and governance (states of exception; de-democratization; corporatism; insurrection)
  • sociologies of personhood, identity, rights (subject-formation; moral injury; injustice; consumerization of personhood or rights; post-individualism)
  • economic sociology (economic subject-formation; economic crises and responses to them; economic fatalism)
  • cultural and media sociology (symbolic representation; performance; disruption; cultural formation or destruction; de-legitimation)
  • sociology of violence (war; abuse; institutional violence; institutionalized destruction; symbolic or spectacularized violence; terrorism)
  • sociology of religion (effervescence and excess; sacrifice; expiation; ritual; fundamentalisms; implicit religion)
  • historical sociology (modernization or post-modernization; nostalgia; post-historical cultures)
  • studies of collective memory (narrative; politics of memorialization)

Session Organizer: William Ramp, The University of Lethbridge, Sociology,

Chair: William Ramp


1.     Mervyn Horgan  

Ritual and Rudeness in Everyday Life

2.     Tara Milbrandt  

On Regarding the Photographs of Others: Neo-Durkheimian Insights

3.     Stephen Gray  

Eric Klinenberg and Durkheim’s Cult of the Self

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