History and Social Theory / Edition 2

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Overview

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 the social sciences and traces their tentative convergence in recent decades as he reappraises the current relations between them.
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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 Jürgen Habermas."—Journal of American History

"Provides an invaluable overview of prior developments and current trends in historical work by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists."—Contemporary Sociology

"This is much more than the superlative synthesis that one has come to expect and rely upon from Peter Burke. If it is a brilliant account of recent historiography, it is quite as much a substantive contribution to social theory—specifying more powerfully than can most sociologists themselves the character of the social agents who have affected the historical record. The book is supremely useful and an instant classic."—John Hall, Dean of Arts, McGill University

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801472855
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2005
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 837,103
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Theorists and historians 1
2 Models and methods 21
3 Central concepts 44
4 Central problems 116
5 Social theory and social change 141
6 Postmodernity and postmodernism 172
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