Language and imagined Gesellschaft: Émile Durkheim’s civil-linguistic nationalism and the consequences of universal human ideals

@article{Tada2020LanguageAI,
  title={Language and imagined Gesellschaft: {\'E}mile Durkheim’s civil-linguistic nationalism and the consequences of universal human ideals},
  author={Mitsuhiro Tada},
  journal={Theory and Society},
  year={2020},
  pages={1 - 34}
}
When Thomas Luckmann, a pioneer of the “linguistic turn” in sociology, regarded Émile Durkheim as a source for the sociology of language, he had lifeworldly community–building in mind. However, the French sociologist himself understood language in the context of civil society–building. To Durkheim, language was a “social thing in the highest degree” that enabled general ideas and intermediated them to people. Abstract human ideals like the civil religion since the French Revolution could be… Expand
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