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The emergence of performance studies in the last three decades has been accompanied by an increasing dissatisfaction with the functional interpretation of ritual, and in this context Émile Durkheim’s work on ritual and religion has been the target of much criticism. The paper argues that a...
Émile Durkheim is often thought of, at least within many North American interpretations, as closely associated with ‘variables sociology,’ a tradition commonly understood to be in opposition to the Chicago school of sociology, which is commonly thought of as more qualitatively focused. Upon...
This article presents a systematic reconstruction of Georg Simmel’s sociology of religion. Following the development of his sociology of religion, it successively analyses religion as a form of interaction, as a symbolic form and as a personal form. The main argument is that all of Simmel’s...
Simmel’s social thinking is discussed in terms of distance and associated ideas. Distance is viewed as the negative ground of positive forms which, like a receding horizon, inhabits all aspects of human life as an immanent absence. For Simmel, distance implies the constant abandonment of...
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