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Reciprocity: Bruno Latour and Émile Durkheim on Reciprocity and Control

  • Christian Papilloud
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Abstract

Bruno Latour claims that his sociology of association has little in common with the sociology of Émile Durkheim. Is it the case? Comparing Latour and Durkheim on reciprocity, we see numerous similarities between both authors, as can be seen regarding their related considerations about the institutions and the forms of control that these institutions provide to society. This comparison, which is made in Chap.  6, enables us to link the question of legitimacy to the cycles of relation better, and to reformulate the concept of reciprocity as a closing mechanism, which puts a cycle of relation to an end, while it leads to another cycle of the relation. This comparison also enables us to take into account the inter-institutional space as the space in which forms of control are defined between institutions, before they take place in the cycle of the relation.

Keywords

Bruno Latour Émile Durkheim The social Reciprocal commitment Consecration Inter-institutional space Control 

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  • Christian Papilloud
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  1. 1.Institut f. SoziologieHalle-Wittenberg UniversityHalleGermany

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