The Sociological Theories of Gabriel Tarde

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Gabriel Tarde, the French sociologist, is rapidly gaining in popularity, both in his own country and abroad. An attempt to consider the value of his contribution to the advancement of social science may, therefore, be found worthy of interest. Such an attempt has not yet been made, Tarde's theories on " imitation " having until now been discussed only in a fragmentary way, and in connection with the particular points of view of competing conceptions. The man who is now regarded as the most prominent leader of the French sociological school, and to whom his coun- trymen, after many years of somewhat envious distrust, are at last doing justice, is a self-made scholar, grown up in solitude and self-communion, far removed from any contact with the powerful university and academic conventicles of the French metropolis.

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