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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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Ania rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Customers who viewed this item also viewed. That’s the philosophical background that lets him then talk about how all human life is imitati Read chapters ; Tarde’s main claims are that there are three types of repetition that make the world go around — molecular vibration in the physical, hereditary in the biological, imitation in the social, thus putting social science into the family of other physical sciences; and that all repetition occurs for the sake of variation for him, the homogeneous is more complex than the heterogeneous.

This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. Thomas Florian Znaniecki Robert E. Get to Know Us. He was the son of a military officer and judge. Steffen rated it it was amazing Apr 07, In speaking for instance, we do not take our speech to be the imitation of a prior model, to the contrary we understand this imitative behavior to be subjectively essential.


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 subjectively inherent. Lists with This Book. Underground Man Dover Doomsday Classics. Linus Vieira marked it as to-read May 17, University of Minnesota Press.

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The laws of imitation

Gustavo Gabril rated it liked it Jan 08, Tarde considered imitation, conscious and unconscious, as a fundamental interpersonal trait, with the imitation of fathers by sons as the primal situation, resting on prestige. Tarde also wrote a science-fiction novel entitled Underground Man Fragment d’histoire future New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards.

For example, it has recently been revealed that in Difference and RepetitionDeleuze’s milestone book which effected his transition to a more socially-aware brand of philosophy and his writing partnership with Guattari, Deleuze in fact re-centered his philosophical orientation around Tarde’s thesis that repetition serves difference rather than vice versa.

Gabriel Tarde believed that three distinctive, yet interrelated processes characterize human society— Invention, Imitation, and Opposition. Imitation, on the other hand, is much more widespread in society.

Opposition takes place when two or more inventions come into conflict with each other, or when new and old ideas collide. Direct contact with deviance fosters more deviance.

It provides a set of mature critiques of the recent renaissance of Tarde as well as suggesting models for lqws to use Tarde’s thought in their scholarship. Hardcoverpages. To ask other readers questions about The Laws of Imitationplease sign up.


An Introduction to Gabriel Tarde’s Economic Anthropologyin which they show how Tarde’s work offers a strong critique of the foundations of the economics discipline and economic methodology. Taehoon Jun rated it really liked it Apr 06, The question for Imitxtion however is that we can deal numerically with all these variables that belief and desires a properly social quantities according to their level of intensity or weakness at any given moment.

Jeffrey rated it really liked it Jan 21, This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant. Sae added it Jan 21, Among the concepts that Tarde initiated were the group mind taken up and developed by Gustave Gqbriel Bonand sometimes advanced to explain so-called herd behaviour or crowd psychologyand economic psychologywhere he anticipated a number of modern developments.

Gabriel Tarde – Wikipedia

As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. However, only one percent of people can make creative associations in their minds and can thus be regarded as gifted or inventive. University of Toulouse University of Paris.