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Social Theory and Social History
This book examines the rapid development of social history over the past 100 years, exploring the links between historical method, social theory and the changing nature of what interests us about the past. Providing a route map for general readers and students alike, the book charts diverse territories, from the rise of social history from poor relation to economic history ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 15th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published November 19th 2004)
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There is little in contemporary historiographical discussions that gets people going more than ‘theory’ (except perhaps postmodernism) as many of the more empiricist in the discipline argue that the evidence itself should tell the story – but there is little doubt that the rise since the 1960s of social history has seen a growing explicit interest and reliance on various forms of social theory. This is one of several volumes in a useful series from Palgrave exploring issues to do with history an ...more
One of the best introductory--and short--books I have read on the relationship between social theory and social history. I highly recommend this for undergrads in history, sociology, and generally, cultural studies. I wish I would have read this last year (it was published in 2004) when I was teaching my course on theories and methods in Ethnic Studies. Many of the complicated theories (e.g., the Annales school, Frankfurt kids, etc.) are fleshed-out with highly accessible examples.
Donald MacRaild is Professor of British and Irish History having previously held chairs of History at the Northumbria University and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to that, he held lectureships at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland. MacRaild was educated at Liverpool Polytechnic where, in 1989, he took a first-class bachelor of arts. In 1993 he was awarded a PhD ...moreMore about Donald M. MacRaild...