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Emile Durkheim on the Family

Emile Durkheim on the Family

  • Mary Ann Lamanna - University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA, University of Nebraska, USA

January 2002 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book looks this classical sociologist's work on the family. Durkheim's writings in this area are little known, but the family was nevertheless one of his primary interests. It brings together Durkheim's ideas on the family from diverse sources and presents his family sociology systematically and comprehensively. His work is situated in its historical context and comparisons are drawn to present-day sociology of the family and family issues.

1. Introduction
2. The Origins & Evolution of the Family
3. Studying the Family
4. The Family System: Kin, Conjugal Family, & the State
5. The Interior of the Family
6. Family Problems, Public Policy, & Social Justice
7. Women & Sex: Challenges to the Family Order
8. Conclusion

"…a significant contribution to Durkheim studies. The author correctly identifies the lacuna in Durkheim studies with regard to his remarks on family and has done a commendable job in bringing together the scattered references and discussions of the topic in Durkheim’s work." 

Rosalind Sydie
University of Alberta

"This valuable source for a systematic and comprehensive understanding of Durkheim's ideas on the family constitutes a major addition to the literature on the family, social theory, women's studies, and family law. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."


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