History and Social Theory

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Cornell University Press, 2005 - Počet stran: 224

What is the use of social theory to historians, and of history to social theorists? In clear and energetic prose, a preeminent cultural historian here offers a far-reaching response to these deceptively simple questions. Peter Burke reviews the emergence of the fields of history and social science and traces their tentative convergence as he reappraises the relations between them.

Burke first examines what uses historians have made--or might make--of the models, methods, and concepts of the social sciences, and then analyzes some of the intellectual conflicts that are at the heart of the tension between history and social theory. Throughout, he draws from a broad range of cultures and periods to illustrate how history, in turn, has been used to create and validate social theories.

This new edition brings the book up to date with the addition of examples and discussions of new topics such as social capital, globalization, and postcolonialism.

-- "Journal of American History"

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THEORISTS AND HISTORIANS
xi
A Dialogue of the Deaf
xii
The Differentiation of History and Theory
1
The Dismissal of the Past
8
The Rise of Social History
11
The Convergence of Theory and History
14
MODELS AND METHODS
19
Models and Types
24
Myth and Memory
110
CENTRAL PROBLEMS
114
Concepts of Culture
117
Consensus versus Conflict
120
Facts versus Fictions
122
Structures versus Agents
125
Functionalism
126
The Example of Venice
129

Quantitative Methods
32
The Social Microscope
36
CENTRAL CONCEPTS
42
Roles and Performances
45
Sex and Gender
48
Family and Kinship
52
Communities and Identities
55
Class and Status
58
Social Mobility and Social Distinction
62
Consumption and Exchange
64
Cultural and Social Capital
68
Patrons Clients and Corruption
71
Power and Political Culture
74
Civil Society and the Public Sphere
77
Centres and Peripheries
80
Hegemony and Resistance
86
Social Protest and Social Movements
90
Mentalities Ideologies Discourses
93
Communication and Reception
99
Postcolonialism and Cultural Hybridity
102
Orality and Textuality
106
Structuralism
132
The Return of the Actor
134
SOCIAL THEORY AND SOCIAL CHANGE
139
Spencers Model
140
Marxs Model
149
A Third Way?
152
Patterns of Population
156
Patterns of Culture
158
Encounters
160
The Importance of Events
163
Generations
168
POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM
170
Destabilization
171
Cultural Constructions
173
Decentring
177
Beyond Eurocentrism?
180
Globalization
184
To Conclude
186
Bibliography
188
Index
212
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Peter Burke is a fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. His books include Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence, also from Cornell; The European Renaissance: Centres and Peripheries; and A Social History of Knowledge from Gutenberg to Diderot.

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