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Durkheim is Dead!: Sherlock Holmes is Introduced to Social Theory (Paperback)
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Durkheim is Dead!: Sherlock Holmes is Introduced to Social Theory (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 28/04/2003
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In this sociology textbook/mystery novel, students can join Sherlock Holmes and Watson as they discover a new area ripe for acrimony and intrigue: social theory. In 1910, the most prominent social theorists in the world gather in London for a conference on the new science of sociology. Things rapidly fall apart, though, as a fight breaks out, a jewel is stolen, and famous sociologist Emile Durkheim disappears. As Sherlock Holmes and Watson investigate, it appears that social theory may not only explain actions-in this case, it may be the cause of them. So Holmes and Watson investigate social theory itself, learning directly from those creating it: W.E.B. Du Bois, Sigmund Freud, Vladimir Lenin, Beatrice Webb, Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. The theories, lives, and passions of each sociologist are revealed as Holmes and Watson, learn first-hand just how influential social theory can be.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759103009
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 230 x 162 x 11 mm


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Evoking the style of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Durkheim is Dead! is a great way to expose students to social theory. The book is engaging, unique, and well-constructed. Readers will appreciate the easy-to-follow coverage of the major theorists-Durkheim, Freud, and Weber among them-along with the clever mystery that Berger develops. This is a creative and innovative entry into theory, absolutely suitable for introductory courses and anyone interested in social theory. -- Rebecca Plante, Department of Sociology, Wittenberg University
The entire book presents a set of three neat mysteries, each of which is solved in typical ratiocinative fashion by Holmes. . . . The arguments and theories were made quite understandable and, even more importantly, the thinkers themselves came alive and spoke as real people. . . . The thoughts and views expressed came the closest to those I would expect from the Master as any I have read for a long time. -- Philip K. Jones * Sherlokiana.Net *
Durkheim is Dead! is a unique introduction to theories of sociology, as it presents the theories of W.E.B. Du Bois, Sigmund Freud, Vladimir Lenin, Beatrice Webb, and others in the unique format of a Sherlock Holmes mystery novel. . . . A unique, entertaining, and educationally impressive means of teaching the reader about social science-and will prove fascinating to all Sherlock Holmes mystery enthiusiasts. * Midwest Book Review, Jan. 2004 *
Sociology's mysteries are revealed through this literate and delightful romp through the classics. Marvelously written and engaging, Durkheim is Dead! is an ideal way to teach sociology's foundations. -- Michael Kimmel, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University

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