The elementary forms as political (a)theology
University of Alberta Press
Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life examines a fundamental intercalation of selfhood, sociality and cosmology, but as a response to a particular political context, it may also speak to contemporary issues of sovereignty and democracy. Reading the Elementary Forms in this context, and in light of Durkheim’s references to monarchy, absolutism and revolution, is suggestive of an approach to such issues which resists sacrifice of the social to the sovereign, whether hierarchical or popular.
Durkheim , Sovereignty , Political sociology , Revolution , Sacred , Representation
Ramp. W. (2014). The elementary forms as political (a)theology. Canadian Journal of Sociiology, 39(3), 595-618.