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Practicing History : New Directions in Historical Writing after the Linguistic Turn - Gabrielle M. Spiegel

Practicing History

New Directions in Historical Writing after the Linguistic Turn

By: Gabrielle M. Spiegel (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415341080
Number Of Pages: 274

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Gabrielle Spiegel presents an essential new collection of key articles that examine the current status of the debate over the "linguistic turn" and attempt to rethink the practice of history in light of its implications. These are writings that operate within the framework of the linguistic turn, yet seek to move beyond its initial formulation and reception.
The volume offers a synoptic overview of the last twenty-five years of theoretical analysis of historical writing, with a critical examination of the key concepts and positions that have been in debate. The collection delineates the emergence of "practice theory" as a possible paradigm for future historical interpretation concerned with questions of agency, experience and the subject.
Articles drawn from a mix of critical thinkers and practicing historians are drawn together along with clear and thorough editorial material. Complex ideas at the forefront of historical practice are revealed and made accessible to students, while for their teachers and other historians this new survey is an indispensable and timely read.

Notes on contributorsp. vii
Series editor's prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Discourse and the problem of social historyp. 33
Is all the world a text? From social history to the history of society two decades laterp. 35
The determinist fix: some obstacles to the further development of the linguistic approach to history in the 1990sp. 62
The concept(s) of culturep. 76
Self and agencyp. 97
Agency in the discursive conditionp. 99
Individual experience and cultural orderp. 111
The constitution of society: outline of the theory of structuration: elements of the theory of structurationp. 121
A theory of structure: duality, agency and transformationp. 143
How to be an intentionalistp. 166
Experience and practicep. 177
Outline of the theory of practice: structures and the habitusp. 179
The evidence of experiencep. 199
The practice of everyday life: "making do": uses and tacticsp. 217
Language and the shift from signs to practices in cultural inquiryp. 228
Toward a theory of social practices: a development in culturalist theorizingp. 245
Bibliographyp. 264
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ISBN: 9780415341080
ISBN-10: 0415341086
Series: Rewriting Histories
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 30th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.75  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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