L'Ann e Sociologique was a sociology journal founded in 1898 by Emile Durkheim, who also served as its editor. It was published annually until 1925, returned to publication as Annales Sociologique between 1934 and 1942. After WWII it returned to publication as L'Ann e Sociologique and remains in publication today.
Durkheim founded L'Ann e Sociologique as a way of publicizing his own research and the research of his students and other scholars working within his new sociological paradigm. As a result of this the term is also used to refer to the distinctive approach of this group and the work they produced in the first two decades of the twentieth century.
Most commentators consider Marcel Mauss to be the founder of the French anthropological tradition.
Mauss was a member of Durkheim's AnneeSociologique group, and while Durkheim and other examined the state of modern societies, Mauss and his collaborators (such as Henri Hubert and Robert Hertz) drew on ethnography and philology to analyze societies which were not as 'differentiated' as European nation states.
In particular, Mauss's Essay on the Gift was to prove of enduring relevance in anthropological studies of exchange and reciprocity.
We must remember that when Durkheim began lecturing in "education and social science" at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bordeaux in 1887, "there was no working institutional provision in France to foster scholarship in matters Auguste Comte had defined two generations earlier as the object of sociology" (Karady, 1983: 72).
Their institutional anchorage was spread across the range of a variety of established disciplines: law, history of religion, history, economics, linguistics, education, art history, sinology, geography, music, etc. -- a situation familiar to modern semioticians.
This yearly publication was at first largely, and eventually exclusively, devoted to reviewing, from a sociological perspective, the research published in all the other disciplines whose contents pertained to a would-be science of social phenomena.
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