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How is it that the most radical cultural iconoclasts of the interwar years—Georges Bataille, Roger Caillois, and Michel Leiris—could have responded to the rise of fascism by taking refuge in a "sacred sociology"? This is the question that Michèle H. Richman poses in a work that examines this seemingly paradoxical development. Her book traces the overall implications for French social thought of the "ethnographic detour" that began with Durkheim’s interest in Australian aboriginal religion—implications that reach back to the Revolution of 1789 and forward to the student protests of May 1968. Richman argues that by revising a phenomenon at once as familiar and as exotic as the sacred, these intellectuals forged a point of view relevant to politics, art, and eroticism in the modern period. Assimilating sociology to this revised notion of the sacred, they revitalized a critical discourse based on anthropological thinking dating back to Montaigne and culminating in Rousseau. Her work thus supplies an important chapter in the history of the human sciences while demonstrating the formation of an innovative critical discourse that straddles literary theory, social thought, and religious and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Why Sociology?
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Durkheim’s Sociological Revolution
  2. pp. 23-65
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  1. 2. Savages in the Sorbonne
  2. pp. 66-109
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  1. 3. Politics and the Sacred in the Collège de Sociologie
  2. pp. 110-154
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  1. 4. Sacrifice in Art and Eroticism
  2. pp. 155-193
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  1. Postscriptum: Effervescence from May ’68 to the Present
  2. pp. 194-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-248
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816693801
Related ISBN
9780816639748
MARC Record
OCLC
560187394
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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