Durkheim's writings on political theory, and the nature of government have been among the most neglected of his contributions to modern social science. While his writings on these subjects are little known, there can be no doubt that some of his political ideas are of very considerable significance indeed.
This is the first collection of Durkheim's texts on politics and the state to appear in English. Most of the material included has been newly translated. Edited and with an introduction by Anthony Giddens, the book provides a basic resource for anyone interested in Durkheim's thought.
Accessible enough to serve as an introductory text for students, the volume will also be of interest to specialist scholars of Durkheim.
Preface. Introduction: Anthony Giddens. 1. The Concept of the State. 2. Democracy and Political Representation. 3. The Concept and Nature of Socialism. 4. Socialism and Marxism: Critical Commentaries. 5. Political Obligation, Moral Duty and Punishment. 6. The State, Education and Equality. 7. Patriotism and Militarism. Notes. Index.