Back to the Future

Reviving the Sociology of Morality
  • Steven Hitlin
  • Stephen Vaisey
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


If we could travel back in time and speak with Emile Durkheim or Max Weber, they might be puzzled by this handbook, with its goal to renew “the sociology of morality.” “Can there be,” we imagine them asking, “a sociology that is not a sociology of morality?” Durkheim, after all, once claimed that [i]f there is one fact that history has irrefutably demonstrated, it is that the morality of each people is directly related to the social structure of the people practicing it…The connection is so intimate that, given the general character of the morality observed in a given society … one can infer the nature of that society, the elements of its structure and the way it is organized (1961 [1925]:87)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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