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History and Social Theory - Mr Peter Burke

History and Social Theory

Hardcover Published: 8th November 2005
ISBN: 9780801444531
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Burke attends in critically appreciative ways to a remarkably diverse array of scholars and schools in both history and social theory, from Annales figures and British Marxists to social theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu and Anthony Giddens and critical-historical philosophers such as Michel Foucault and J├╝rgen Habermas."-Journal of American History"Provides an invaluable overview of prior developments and current trends in historical work by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists."-Contemporary SociologyWhat 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.

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"Sociologists need to think more historically, and historians need to think more theoretically. Peter Burke is an excellent guide for both groups." Stephen Mennell, University College Dublin"

Preface
Theorists and Historians
A Dialogue of the Deaf the Differentiation of History and Theory the Dismissal of the Past the Rise of Social History the Convergence of Theory and History
Models and Methods
Comparisons Models Quantitative Methods the Social Microscope
Central Concepts
Roles and Performances Sex and Gender Family and Kinship Communities and Identities Class and Status Social
Mobility and Social Distinction Consumption and Exchange Social and Cultural
Capital Patrons and Clients Power and the Public Sphere Centres and Peripheries Hegemony and Resistance Social
Protest and Social Movements Mentalities, Ideologies, Discourses Communication and Reception
Postcolonialism and Cultural Hybridity Orality and Textuality Memory and Myth
Central Problems
Rationality versus Relativism Concepts of Culture Consensus versus Conflict
Facts versus Fictions Structures versus Agents
Functionalism the Example of Venice Structuralism the Return of the Actor
Social Theory and Social Change
Spencer's Model Marx's Model A Third Way
Essays in Synthesis Patterns of Population
Patterns of Culture Encounters the Importance of Events Generations
Postmodernity and Postmodernism
Destabilization Cultural Constructions Decentering Beyond Eurocentrism
Globalization to Conclude
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780801444531
ISBN-10: 0801444535
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 8th November 2005
Publisher: CORNELL UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2

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