Simmel's famous essay on the stranger (der Fremde) was incorporated into Soziologie - his major sociological treatise - in 1908. It was merely an excursus within his lengthy ninth chapter on Space and the Spatial Ordering of Society. Despite obvious differences in their intellectual origins and overall approaches, similar to van Gennep's Rites de passage, first published only a year later, in 1909, Simmel's essay too approaches the stranger as a relative position in time and space. While selected excerpts of Soziologie were translated by Wolff (1950) and others through the years, the full text was translated into English only in 2009.
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- Geography, Planning and Development
- Political Science and International Relations