Did Harriet Martineau's sociological methods influence Emile Durkheim's sociological methods?
Fritsch, Jon Eric
- Publisher: Virginia Tech
sociology | LD5655.V855 1995.F758
<p>Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) published How to Observe Morals and
Manners in 1838. The book was perhaps the first sociological methodology
text. Emile Durkheim (1855-1917) published The Rules of Sociological
Method (1895) 57 years later. Durkheim's book has traditionally been labeled
as the first sociological methodology text, while Martineau's book has been
virtually forgotten by modern day sociologists.</p>
The author identifies significant similarities between the two texts and
investigates the possibility that the work of Martineau influenced Durkheim.
This work explores the life an important figure in nineteenth century European
culture and argues that Martineau's name should be reinserted into the history
of sociology. The ideas contained in, and the construction of, How to Observe
Morals and Manners are discussed.</p>