Barry Glassner, 5 May 1983
Show More Positivism and Sociology: Explaining Social Life by Peter Halfpenny.
Allen and Unwin, 141 pp., £10.95, October 1982, 0 04 300084 3Show More
The Rules of Sociological Method and Selected Texts on Sociology and its Method by Emile Durkheim and Steven Lukes, translated by W.D. Halls.
Macmillan, 264 pp., £15, November 1982, 0 333 28071 7Show More
The Sociological Domain: The Durkheimians and the Founding of French Sociology edited by Philippe Besnard.
Cambridge, 296 pp., £24, March 1983, 0 521 23876 5Show More
Durkheim and the Study of Suicide by Steve Taylor.
Macmillan, 249 pp., £15, July 1982, 0 333 28645 6Show More
“... At a conference several years ago, a participant glared at the three sociologists who had just presented their papers. ‘The trouble with you is your rup,’ he said. Throughout the auditorium colleagues whispered to each other, ‘Rup?’ ‘What is rup?’ until the man on the platform translated: residual unresolved positivism. By accusing the speakers of rup, he implied that they might cleanse themselves of the remnants of positivism and become decent scholars again ...”