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WHAT SEWELL TAKES GOOD MAINSTEAM HISTORYSewell takes good mainsteam history science practice to be With this book you get it all the history of the disciplineconfession social cultural history Fordism post Fordism working definitions of culture structure event and the social a healthy dose of materialism to succor those of us who have survived the linguistic turn a e arming of Heroes Giddens Bourdieu Geertz and Sahlins and a cogent defense of the necessity of thinking through synchronicity and diachronicity simultaneouslyI buy it so completely
I haven t had time to sit down to think about wherehaven t had time to sit down to think about where might disagree More valuable than this I find Sewell an exceptionally clear writer I think this book has a lot to teach about how to think and write theory and historyAnd even valuable than this I like Sewell s attitude toward other disciplines and historians we shall critiue and share with each other Sewell is a builder a kindly force for the good of mankind and the workers I am convinced An unexpectedly good book on social theory by a Marxist social historian who justly won the ASA Theory Prize for Outstanding Book in 2008 with his work If your esearch involves a Historical Dimension But You Are dimension but you are sure how to integrate the historical narrative into social scientific analysis you should check it outThe book is a collection of articles epurposed to form a consistent whole There is one chapter about the British and American history and social theory and it was a very good summary Another chapter analyses the concept of structure in social sciences Surprisingly I ealized how little I thought about this central concept The chapter about Sahlins theory of structural change was brilliant To me however the book s most important contribution to my thinking has been the concept of eventfullness which triggered an enormous numb. While social scientists and historians have been exchanging ideas for a long time they have never developed a proper dialogue about social theory William H Sewell Jr observes that on uestions of theory the communication has been mostly one way from social science to history Logics of History argues that both history and the social sciences have something crucial to offer each other While his. Er of neurons in my mind
who often ead theory that it is a are feeling This is a book of theory Sewell writes about his experience as a historian and EVALUATES THE VARIOUS APPROACHES TO HISTORY the various approaches to history he has been involved with Starting as a social historian using numerical methods to write about those without a voice he moved into cultural history which meant Stimulating and largely persuasive Recommended to all my fellow history students particularly those doing social or cultural work which is to say ecommended to everybody who knows what s good for youSewell s goal is to bring historians and social scientists together He argues that each of these groups has a useful theoretical contribution to make to the other Too often however historians either neglect theory or copy it unmodified from the other disciplines into their own writing The Graeco-Egyptian Magick result in a work of history is to impoverish either the generally static account of social context or the dynamic narrative of eventsespectively At the same time historians generally fail to articulate for social scientists their acute intuition egarding social time in other words historians have failed to help sociologists anthropologists and economists understand how events can transformThose Who Often Read Theory
social structures If they emedy this failing Sewell hopes historians will help social scientists create dynamic accounts of socialstructures If they emedy this failing Sewell hopes historians will help social scientists create dynamic accounts of social addition to this dialogue between historians and social scientists Sewell conducts a dialogue between social and cultural history which often amounts to a dialogue between structuralism and poststructuralism Sewell is annoyed that historians have had to choose between them especially when they are in an excellent position to demonstrate the consonance of these approaches He suggests that we might define culture as the semiotic dimension of human social pr. Torians do not think of themselves as theorists they know something social scientists do not how to think about the temporalities of social life On the other hand while social scientists’ treatments of temporality are usually clumsy their theoretical sophistication and penchant for structural accounts of social life could offer much to historiansRenowned for his work at the crossroads of Actice ie as neither practice alone nor meaning
but the meaning that to material and practice 164 We might also define society as a built environment in which meaning both eshapes the material context of human life and is in turn shaped by that context 362 The ultimate goal here I infer is to create a place for human agency within structural theories of social life and at the same time a place for structure within theories of human agencyIn the short term Sewell s book is probably most valuable for its careful discussion of the historical implications of various social scientists work and of the social implications of various historians work No chapter and of the social implications of various historians work No chapter for examples In particular an historian eading the book may come away with a better understanding of the anthropologists Clifford Geertz and Marshall Sahlins who each get a full chapter Despite a healthy degree of epetition and einforcement this collection of essays presents so many discrete concepts and arguments about historiography that it is often uite challenging but always invigorating simply to begin to assimilate its ideas as guides for the writing of history Yet so than most theoretical works Sewell clearly intends his work as an aid for historians who struggle with the conceptual thinness of many core practices in the field who would like to eground their own esearch and writing on solider ground than convention and piecemeal poaching from other disciplines Sewell s great advantage in this task is in fact his ability to articulate a common conceptual grammar buried deep beneath the jargon of the interpretive social sciences to demonstrate how anthropology sociology and history can and have be of mutual aid because they connect at crucial but freuently obscured theoretical maybe even metaphysical points Of great and I would expect lasting valu. Istory sociology political science and anthropology Sewell argues that only by combining a sophisticated understanding of historical time with a concern for larger theoretical uestions can a satisfying social theory emerge In Logics of History he eveals the shape such an engagement could take some of the topics it could illuminate and how it might affect both sides of the disciplinary divid.Alone But The Meaning That
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