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The social sciences and humanities are now being swept by a Tardean revival, a rediscovery and reappraisal of the work of this truly unique thinker, for whom `everything is a society and every science a sociology'. Tarde is being brought forward as the misrecognised forerunner of a post-Durkheimian era. Reclaimed from a century of near-oblivion, his sociology has been linked to Foucaultian microphysics of power, to Deleuze's philosophy of difference, and most recently to the spectrum of approaches related to Actor Network Theory. In this connection, Bruno Latour hailed Tarde's sociology as "an alternative beginning for an alternative social science". This volume asks what such an alternative social science might look like.

Author Biography

Matei Candea is a lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He has an area interest in Europe (France and UK). His research interests include: regionalism; education; racism; multiculturalism, universalism, and related theories of culture and society; the media; epistemology; and the theory and practice of anthropological fieldwork. Matei's recent publications include 'Arbitrary locations: In defence of the bounded field-site'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2007:13. He has co-edited (with L. Jeffery) a special issue on The politics of victimhood' in History and Anthropology, 2006:17:4. He is organisor of the forthcoming conference Tarde/Durkheim: Trajectories of the Social.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2010
Edited by Matei Candea
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
6 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Halftones, black and white; 9 Illustrations, black and white
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