ABSTRACT

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.

chapter 1|24 pages

Revisiting Tarde’s house MATEI CANDE A

part |2 pages

PART I ‘The distance that lay between’: the Tarde–Durkheim debate reconsidered

chapter 2|17 pages

The debate

ByGABRIEL TARDE & EMILE DURKHEIM

chapter 5|13 pages

Tarde and Durkheim and the non-sociological ground of sociology

ByDAVID TOEWS

chapter 8|19 pages

The height, length and width of social theory

ByALBERTO CORSÍ N JIMÉNEZ

chapter 9|14 pages

Faith, reason and the ethic of craftsmanship: Creating contingently stable worlds

ByPENNY HARVE Y AND SOUMHYA VENKATESAN

part |2 pages

PART II Quantifying, tracing, relating: fragments of Tardean method

chapter 10|18 pages

Tarde’s idea of quantification

ByBRUNO LATOUR

chapter 11|14 pages

Gabriel Tarde and statistical movement

ByEMMANUEL DI DI ER

chapter 12|14 pages

Tarde’s method: Between statistics and experimentation

ByANDREW BARRY

chapter 14|22 pages

Tarde on drugs, or measures against Suicide

ByEDUARDO VI ANA VARGAS

chapter 15|18 pages

On Tardean relations: Temporality and ethnography

ByGEORGINA B ORN