Back to the Future: Reviving the Sociology of Morality

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If we could travel back in time and speak with Emile Durkheim or Max Weber, they might be puzzled by this handbook, with its goal to renew “the sociology of morality.” “Can there be,” we imagine them asking, “a sociology that is not a sociology of morality?” Durkheim, after all, once claimed that [i]f there is one fact that history has irrefutably demonstrated, it is that the morality of each people is directly related to the social structure of the people practicing it…The connection is so intimate that, given the general character of the morality observed in a given society … one can infer the nature of that society, the elements of its structure and the way it is organized (1961 [1925]:87).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hitlin, S; Vaisey, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2010

Book Title

  • Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 14

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4419-6896-8_1

Citation Source

  • Scopus