L'Année Sociologique

L'Année Sociologique is an academic journal of sociology established in 1898 by Émile Durkheim, who also served as its editor. It was published annually until 1925, changing its name to Annales Sociologiques between 1934 and 1942. After World War II it returned to its original name. Durkheim established the journal as a way of publicizing his own research and the research of his students and other scholars working within his new sociological paradigm.

L'Année Sociologique
Publication details
History1898 to present
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Année Sociol.


Until 1969 a part of the journal was classified into three groups: (1) anthropology and sociology, (2) empirical qualitative sociology, and (3) empirical quantitative sociology. The rest was dedicated to book reviews.[1] Durkheim wanted to use the journal to describe contents of the books reviewed.[2]

Many well-known sociologists were initial contributors to the journal, including Célestin Bouglé, Henri Hubert, Marcel Mauss, Francois Simiand and Georg Simmel.[1] During Durkheim's directorship of the journal,the editorial board comprised a team of approximately fifty authors, a group which became known as the 'French School of Sociology'.[3]

The journal was relaunched following a break in publication due to World War I and the death of Durkheim in 1917. Mauss' essay The Gift was the only article included in the relaunched edition, preceded by his eulogy to colleagues who had died since the previous edition in 1912.[4]

Modern journal

Although originally influenced by Émile Durkheim, the modern journal is based on accurate actual research in the history of the social sciences. Originally publishing in French only, the journal now also publishes translations from French and articles written in English.[5]

See also


  1. Kando, Thomas M. (1976-01-01). "L'Annee Sociologique: From Durkheim to Today". The Pacific Sociological Review. 19 (2): 147–174. doi:10.2307/1388781. JSTOR 1388781.
  2. Smith, Philip (2014-02-19). "The Cost of Collaboration: Reflections Upon Randall Collins' Theory of Collective Intellectual Production via Émile Durkheim: A Biography". Anthropological Quarterly. 87 (1): 245–254. doi:10.1353/anq.2014.0012. ISSN 1534-1518.
  3. Béra, Matthieu (2012-04-07). "Les comptes rendus de Durkheim à L'Année sociologique". COnTEXTES (in French) (10). doi:10.4000/contextes.4927. ISSN 1783-094X.
  4. Guyer, Jane I. (2014). "The true gift: Thoughts on L'Année sociologique of 1925". Journal of Classical Sociology. 14: 11–21. doi:10.1177/1468795X13494714.
  5. "About L'Année sociologique". Cairn International. Retrieved 2016-11-01.

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