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The Social after Gabriel Tarde Debates and Assessments by Matei (University of Cambridge, UK) Candea
  

The Social after Gabriel Tarde Debates and Assessments

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Part of the Routledge Advances in Sociology Series

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The Social after Gabriel Tarde Debates and Assessments by Matei (University of Cambridge, UK) Candea

Gabriel Tarde was a highly influential figure in 19th century French sociology: a prolific and evocative writer whose understanding of the social differed radically from that of his younger opponent Emile Durkheim. Whereas Durkheimian sociology went on to become the core of the social scientific canon throughout much of the 20th century, Tarde's sociology fell out of the picture, and he was remembered mostly through a few footnotes in which Durkheim dismissed him as an individualist, a psychologist and a metaphysician. The social sciences and humanities are now being swept by a Tardean revival, a rediscovery and reappraisal of the work of this truly unique thinker, for whom 'every thing is a society and every science a sociology'. Tarde is being brought forward as the misrecognised forerunner of a post-Durkheimian era. Reclaimed from a century of near-oblivion, his sociology has been linked to Foucaultian microphysics of power, to Deleuze's philosophy of difference, and most recently to the spectrum of approaches related to Actor Network Theory. In this connection, Bruno Latour hailed Tarde's sociology as an alternative beginning for an alternative social science . This volume asks what such an alternative social science might look like. This second edition has been expanded to include, alongside the original chapters, two key essays by Gabriel Tarde himself - Monadology and Sociology and The Two Elements of Sociology, as well as a significantly revised and extended introduction by the editor.

About the Author

Matei Candea is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Corsican Fragments: Difference, Knowledge and Fieldwork (Indiana UP, 2010) and a number of articles on anthropological method and theory, the ethnography of politics and the anthropology of science. His current research focuses on the interplay of engagement and detachment in everyday relations between behavioural biologists and the meerkats they study. See www.mateicandea.net.

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Publication date

8th December 2015

Author

Matei (University of Cambridge, UK) Candea

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Hardback
348 pages

Categories

Sociology

ISBN

9781138119550

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