Practicing History: New Directions in Historical Writing After the Linguistic Turn

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Gabrielle M. Spiegel
Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 274 pages
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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 operatewithin 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. This collection delineates the emergence of a new '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"--Provided by publisher.

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Is all the world text? From social history to the history of society two decades later
The determinist fix Some obstacles to the further development of the linguistic approach to history in the 1990s
The concepts of culture
Self and agency
Agency in the discursive condition
Individual experience and cultural order
The constitution of society outline of the theory of structuration elements of the theory of structuration
A theory of structure duality agency and transformation
Experience and practice
Outline of the theory of practice structures and the habitus
The evidence of experience
The practice of everyday life making do uses and tactics
Language and the shift from signs to pratices in cultural inquiry
Toward a theory of social practices a development in culturalist theorizing

How to be an intentionalist

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Gabrielle M. Spiegel is Professor of Medieval History and Chair of the History Department at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Past as Text and Romancing the Past.

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