Mohamed Cherkaoui

The following publications by Mohamed Cherkaoui published by the Bardwell Press are currently available:

Invisible Codes

Good Intentions

Emile Durkheim and the Puzzle of Complexity

Morocco and the Sahara

Theories and Social Mechanisms:
Essays in Honour of Mohamed Cherkaoui

Edited by Gianluca Manzo

6th November 2015, hardback, 2 volumes, 858pp.
ISBN: 978-1-905622-46-7

Publication of this Festschrift has been generously supported by the
Groupe d’Etude des Méthodes de l’Analyse Sociologique de la Sorbonne (GEMASS)

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This Festschrift has been prepared to celebrate the life and work of Professor Mohamed Cherkaoui (b. 1945). It provides 37 articles contributed by leading sociologists and social scientists, whose essays explore and evaluate aspects of his many contributions to the understanding of contemporary society in both France itself and at a more global level, as well as his insights into some of the central geopolitical issues of the 21st century.

Mohamed Cherkaoui has played a key role in the development of sociology both in France and beyond its borders since the publication in the 1970s of his early work on education and social mobility. During a period when the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and his acolytes were already on the way to becoming a dominant paradigm, Cherkaoui—much like his master, Raymond Boudon—was able to show that certain of the key assumptions of this new paradigm were in fact contradicted by the evidence. As a sophisticated innovator in the statistical analysis of educational data (techniques largely ignored by the Bourdieusian approach) Cherkaoui’s careful unpicking of the key dimensions of educational attainment and social mobility exploded many of the myths about the class basis of schooling in modern France propagated by Bourdieu and others. Indeed so authoritative was Cherkaoui’s analysis of the French education system that he was invited in 1986 to write a general introduction to its analysis for the highly respected Que sais-je series, where it still remains the standard work on its subject—now in its eighth edition.

As a French sociologist but one with an internationalist background, the Moroccan-born Cherkaoui has also been instrumental in developing new sociological approaches and insights based on careful study of classical sociology which have gained a world-wide audience. His work on Émile Durkheim, Tocqueville and Max Weber, has brought new insights into several domains of sociological research, and in a way that focuses them on contemporary issues of sociological explanation. In fact, as Gianluca Manzo emphasizes in his introductory essay on the published work of Cherkaoui he has remained a “theorist of the middle-range” in the image both of Robert K. Merton, and of his mentor and “master”, Raymond Boudon. As a result, Cherkaoui’s focus on the explanation of, for example, unintended consequences, social mechanisms and emergent phenomena place his work at the centre of contemporary sociological research. A tireless promoter of sociology as a scientific and academic discipline, Mohamed Cherkaoui was a leading member and chair of the editorial board of the leading French sociology journal, the Revue Française de Sociologie, and the director of the GEMAS research group that was founded by Raymond Boudon.

In recent years Professor Cherkaoui has devoted considerable attention to the geopolitical situation of the region where he was born, North Africa, applying sociological theories and analyses to some of the most pressing issues of the day, which include the rise of radical Islam, the conflicts between the Maghrebin states, and the problems and challenges raised by modernising social and political institutions such as the university, especially in Morocco.

The essays collected together in the two volumes of this Festschrift are divided into two main themes: Theories and Social Mechanisms. These represent the leitmotifs of Cherkaoui’s contribution to social thought during his career.



List of Contributors
Introduction: Why Read Cherkaoui? A Road Map To His Work Gianluca Manzo

Part One: History of Social Thought

Sociodicy: Some Comments on Mohamed Cherkaoui’s Durkheimian Approach to Social Emergence 
Salvador Giner
Émile Durkheim’s Debt to Claude Bernard: Back to the Origins of the Sociology of Generative Mechanisms Dominique Guillo
Engineering the Welfare State: Gunnar Myrdal, Social Science and the Politics of Unintended Consequences E. Stina Lyon
“Orientation to Others”: A Central but Forgotten Concept in Max Weber’s Sociology 
Richard Swedberg

Part Two: Social Theory

Rituals as Mechanisms Filippo Barbera & Nicola Negri
The Four Rules of “Good Sociology” Raymond Boudon
Purposive Actions and Their Unintended Consequences Jacques Coenen-Huther
Instrumental, Axiological Rationality and the Explanation of Norms: Cherkaoui’s (and Boudon’s) Critique of Rational Choice Theory and Its Ability to Explain Norm Emergence Karl-Dieter Opp
Social Interdependence, Rights and Normative Dynamics Emmanuel Picavet
Functionalism, Field Theories, and Unintended Consequences Stephen P. Turner

Part Three: Epistemology of the Social Sciences

Generative Mechanisms and Decreasing Abstraction Jack Birner
Methodological Individualism and the Notion of Levels of Social Life Pierre Demeulenaere
Macro Mechanisms: Is Sociological Explanation Possible in the Absence of Action Theory? 
Loris Di Giammaria
The Plurality of Explanatory Games C. Mantzavinos
Reduction That Really Matters: Can We ‘Reduce’ from Macro to Micro in the Social Sciences (And Should We)? José A. Noguera
Aggregation Paradoxes and Non-Commutativity Dominique Raynaud
The Strategy of Mechanism-Based Research Diego Ríos


Part Four: Education and Social Mobility

Mohamed Cherkaoui: His Thoughts and His Impact and Validity in Argentina Miriam Aparicio
Changes in the French Education System and Inequality of Opportunity Issues: Going Beyond Preconceptions Nathalie Bulle
School Dropout and Related Assessments: The Case of Morocco Brahim Chedati
Equity, Equality and Microjustice Michel Forsé
Social Mobility, Precariousness and Politics in 2012 Nonna Mayer

Part Five: On the Shoulders of Boudon

Invisible Community and Peerless Science: Case Studies from Morocco and India Michel Dubois
Scientists and Fields: A Theoretical Case Study Thomas J. Fararo & John Skvoretz
Social Recognition and Success in the Contemporary Visual Arts: A Sociological Perspective on Rankings of the “Top 100 Artists in the World” and the Uneven Distribution of Success Among Nations Alain Quemin

Part Six: States and Markets

International Relations Analysis With Game Theory Pierre Allan & Cédric Dupont
Norms and Derogation in Morocco’s Public Finances: A Durkheimian Explanation 
Noureddine Bensouda
Equity and Self-determination in Western Sahara: An Alternative Path to an Enduring Compromise Rachid el Houdaïgui
Global Domination of Finance Beyond Pioneers’ Expectations Jacques Lautman

Part Seven: Social Movements

Terrorism and Rationality Gerald Bronner
Local Truth Mechanisms: About Moroccan Political Consensus Jean-Noël Ferrié & Baudouin Dupret
Social Protests in Morocco: Riot, Emotions and Reasons Abderrahmane Rachik
On the Authority of Disciples: Essay on the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and Its Transformation Hassan Rachik
Invisible Codes of Terror: A Sociology of Political Violence Domenico Tosini
Irony and Paradox in Sociological Explanations: Mohamed Cherkaoui on Revolutions and Good Intentions Bryan S. Turner


Cross-cutting Fields and Social Circles: A Conversation with Mohamed Cherkaoui
Mohamed Cherkaoui Interviewed by Gianluca Manzo & Peter Hamilton


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