Durkheim and the Jews of France
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780226777245
- ISBN10: 0226777243
Strenski begins each chapter by weighing particular claims (some anti-Semitic, some not) for the Jewishness of Durkheim's work. In each case Strenski overturns the claim while showing that it can nonetheless open up a fruitful inquiry into the relation of Durkheim to French Jewry. For example, Strenski shows that Durkheim's celebration of ritual had no innately Jewish source but derived crucially from work on Hinduism by the Jewish Indologist Sylvain Levi, whose influence on Durkheim and his followers has never before been acknowledged.