All Sociology students read Durkheim.
As an anthro undergrad I read Durkheim. And now I am preparing a lecture & activity for Intro to Soc class based on an excerpt of Durkheim's The Rules of Sociological Method. Not my favorite read. I fought with each sentence. Some I fought with repeatedly. So many words to say something that could otherwise be much clearer... at least to my 2009 ears.
What a way with words they had in 1892-1895ish. As one of the SOC students put it, "why can't they translate this into Modern English?"**
**1) I'm pretty sure this is a translation from French
2) And it is in Modern English -- technically speaking (As opposed to Old or Middle English... go read the
Canterbury Tales for a sampling of Middle English or Beowulf for Old English.)
I can say that the despite quibbling over the technicalities (see above**), I am not a fan of Durkheim's writing style, and I share my student's lack of enthusiasm for it. But it's not very inspiring when your teacher doesn't like the reading. As a reader, I am not known for my patience or attention to detail. However, I think that persevering when things get tough is really important. Just because we can read doesn't mean we should stop learning to read.
Please be kind. My typo catching editor is on break. (So I'll post this now and inevitably be irritated by the typos I find tomorrow... but someone asked if I was still writing. I'm aiming for once a week - but last week was break, so I'm behind.)