This session considers theoretical issues, debates, and critical and creative appropriations arising from engagements with Durkheim's oeuvre and Durkheimian social science, including those of the L'Année Sociologique team. Durkheim made extensive theoretical interventions ranging from developing a distinctive ontology for sociology and epistemological protocols for empirical and theoretical research, to reflexively linking products of sociological research to an axiology. Durkheimian work remains a reference point in a range of different sociological traditions (e.g., radical Durkheimianism, poststrucutralism, phenomenlogy, hermeneutics, neo-functionalism, cultural theory, etc.). He also offered various explanations of social change and social structure, while articulating regional theories of religion, social pathology (e.g., suicide), work, power, the state, morality, solidarity, the family, education, individuality, knowledge, the professions, and others.
Organizers: Ronjon Paul Datta, University of Windsor, Herman Singh, University of Windsor