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Gabriel Tarde's Publics (2014)


The recent revival of Gabriel Tarde's distinctive approach to the study of human interaction raises the issue of the possible reasons for his fall into oblivion, particularly given his prominence during his lifetime as an intellectual competitor of equal standing with the pioneering sociologist Émile Durkheim in the first years of the 20th century. This problem calls for an exploration of those central ideas and qualities of Tarde's work that may once have compromised his legacy and that now provide some explanation of his revival. Consistent with Tarde's ideas about human interaction, or `inter-subjectivity', the reception of his legacy has been shaped by the forces of imitation and opinion, acting on a changeable, persuadable public.

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Authors & Contributors
Gissis, Snait B.
Curtain, Tyler
Grossberg, Lawrence
Thrailkill, Jane F
Lenoir, Timothy
Taylor, Matthew A.
History of the Human Sciences
Perspectives on Science
Canadian Journal of History
Journal of Classical Sociology
Journal of the History of Biology
University of Minnesota Press
Cambridge University Press
Edinburgh University Press
Polity Press
Social sciences
Discipline formation
Science and law
Durkheim, Émile
Mauss, Marcel
Elias, Norbert
Bourdieu, Pierre
Kant, Immanuel
Halbwachs, Maurice
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain

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