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Maurice Halbwachs and the Durkheimian sociology of the entre-deux-guerres

The research group aims to study an interesting author for the contemporary sociology and its themes: sociology of knowledge, memory and collective psychology, social classes and social stratification, space and social morphology. Through the fruitful collaboration with some leading figures in contemporary French sociology, this project proposes to reconstruct the history of the reception of Halbwachs and to give back, on the other hand, a unitary look at his complex and articulated sociology, often partially transposed by the different generations of sociologists who approached it. The aim is to fill a gap in the history of sociology, in particular, in the Italian debate, not simply through an archaeological excavation work around a figure of great interest, but rather recognizing the fertility of his work. Austere and multifaceted author, Maurice Halbwachs (1877-1945) is often said as a "minor sociologist" in the pantheon of the classics. In reality, he is a prominent figure in French sociology - and European – of the entre deux guerres. From the sociology of consumption and social classes (1913, 1933) to suicide (1930), from collective memory (1925, 1941, 1950) to social morphology (1938), to emotions (1947), Halbwachs has poured out its best energies intellectuals to systematize, to establish empirically and, sometimes, to revise the ideal impulses of the founding fathers of sociological discipline, Emile Durkheim in particular. Halbwachs went through the great history of the first half of the twentieth century, crossing events, places, figures and tragedies: he was a colleague and friend of authors such as Marcel Mauss, Marc Bloch and Charles Blondel, son-in-law of Victor Basch, protagonist of the French post-war affairs until the deportation and death in the Buchenwald death camp in 1945. Among the group research products we report: Grande T., Migliorati L., (a cura di) (2018), Maurice Halbwachs, La sociologia di Emile Durkheim, Franco Angeli, Milano; Grande T., Migliorati L., (a cura di) (2016), Maurice Halbwachs, teorico della complessità sociale, Morlacchi, Perugia; Migliorati L.,(2016), Maurice Halbwachs: «militante dell’universale», in Grande T., Migliorati L., (a cura di), Un certo sguardo. Maurice Halbwachs, teorico della complessità sociale, Morlacchi, Perugia. Grande T., Migliorati L.,(2016), «La genesi sociale delle emozioni nella sociologia di Maurice Halbwachs», in Quaderni di teoria Sociale, 1, Morlacchi, Perugia, pp. 87-104; Migliorati L. (2015), «Maurice Halbwachs: classical sociology after the Classic», in Italian Sociological Review, n. 2, vol. 5, QuiEdit, Verona, pp. 251-272; Migliorati L. (2014),Al falò della vita sociale. Maurice Halbwachs e la sociologia dei consumi, inMigliorati L., Secondulfo D., (a cura di) (2014), Come vive la classe operaia. Una ricerca sulla gerarchia dei bisogni nella società complessa, di Maurice Halbwachs, Carocci, Roma, pp. XV - XXXVIII; Migliorati L., Secondulfo D., (a cura di) (2014), Come vive la classe operaia. Una ricerca sulla gerarchia dei bisogni nella società complessa, diMaurice Halbwachs, Carocci, Roma [ed. or. La classe ouvrière et les niveaux de vie. Recherches sur la hiérarchie des besoins dans les sociétés industrielles contemporaines, Alcan, Paris, 1913].
Lorenzo Migliorati
Assistant Professor (Department Human Sciences)
Domenico Secondulfo
Full Professor (Department Human Sciences)
External components
Teresa Grande
Università della Calabria
Topic Research area
Consumption Società inclusive e pratiche di cittadinanza Sociology  -  Sociology
Methodology and technique of social resarch Metodi di ricerca nelle scienze umane Sociology  -  Sociology
Sociology of Memory Radici e culture della contemporaneità Sociology  -  Sociology
Storia della storiografia Storia e Antropologia
Modern and contemporary history  -  Modern and contemporary history
Storia delle minoranze religiose in età moderna Storia e Antropologia
Modern and contemporary history  -  Modern and contemporary history
Storia dell'età napoleonica Storia e Antropologia
Modern and contemporary history  -  Modern and contemporary history
Storia del Risorgimento Storia e Antropologia
Modern and contemporary history  -  Modern and contemporary history
Storia moderna Storia e Antropologia
Modern and contemporary history  -  Modern and contemporary history
Storiografia Storia e Antropologia
Philology and palaeography; historical linguistics  -  Philology and palaeography; historical linguistics
Social Theory Società inclusive e pratiche di cittadinanza Sociology  -  Sociology
Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Comportamenti di consumo e stratificazione sociale Domenico Secondulfo Jan 1, 2013 18

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