Jean-Gabriel Tarde (March 12, – May 13, ), a French criminologist and Tarde codified his ideas in the “three laws of imitation”. The Laws of Imitation has 17 ratings and 3 reviews. Phillip said: Tarde belongs to that initial moment of the emergence of sociology as a science as such. Tarde makes a distinction between logical and extra-logical laws of imitation. The logical laws are to be discovered when- ever an invention is imitated solely.

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. The Dynamics of Possession: Vishal Vinayak marked it as to-read Jan 05, He believed that by analyzing such data sociologists would be able to trace shifts in public opinion.

With the latter, Tarde came to be the leading representative for a “French school” in criminology. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the worldand other notations in the work.

However, only one percent of people can make creative associations in their minds and can thus be regarded as gifted or inventive. Vvv marked it as to-read Apr 12, The third law— the law of insertion gabriwl that new behaviors are superimposed on old ones and subsequently either reinforce or tne previous behavior.


Tarde characterizes the process of imitation as being essentially somnambulist; in imitating we do not have a consciousness that we are doing as such, but rather take our imitations to be oof inherent.

He was critical of the concept of the atavistic criminal as developed by Cesare Lombroso. As a reproduction of a tarse artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Please try again later. Showing of 2 reviews. Imitation, on the other hand, is much more widespread in society.

The Laws of Imitation

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Among other areas that Tarde worked on were the “group mind” and economic psychology, in which he anticipated a number of modern developments. Aaron rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. No trivia or quizzes yet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote thhe completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards.

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They influenced later thinking about the concepts of social psychology and the diffusion of social ideas. This “Kindle edition” is just a raw OCR text dump. Peter Enestrom rated it really liked it Feb 11, Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


That’s the philosophical background that lets him then talk about how all human life is imitation or innovation, and that all innovation is based on imitation. The Science of Passionate Interests: Jean-Gabriel de Tarde, writing as Gabriel Tarde was a French sociologist, criminologist and social psychologist.

Receiving a much more positive response in the United States than in Europe, Tarde’s work has had a long-term impact on sociology, tarce, and social psychologyfields of study that seek to better understand the social nature of human beings and thus to support the development of healthy societies. Tarde was aware of the need to back up his ideas with data, and thus began the collection of information on different social phenomena—from crime rates, strikesand industrial production, to church attendance, voting, and similar social acts.

The Laws of Imitation by Gabriel Tarde

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Inventions arise through the intersection of what Tarde describes gwbriel two currents or waves of imitation, which propagate or pass contagiously in their movement. He was the son of a military officer and judge.

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