The crisis of modern society: Richard Titmuss and Emile Durkheim

AHP readers may be interested in a new open-access piece in History of the Human Sciences: “The crisis of modern society: Richard Titmuss and Emile Durkheim,” John Stewart. Abstract:

This article examines the influence of Emile Durkheim’s sociology on Richard Titmuss, founder of the academic field of social policy. While operating in different environments and historical eras, they shared concerns about modernity’s impact on contemporary societies, heightened by their experiences of living in periods of considerable political and socio-economic upheaval. Their social thought embraced crucial complementarities, and understanding these adds a previously under-explored dimension to Titmuss’s influential analyses of Britain’s post-war ‘welfare state’.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.