William H. Sewell Jr.: Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)



Ng of the Bastille Sewell makes a compelling argument about ow Bastille Day s prominence in the story of the French Revolution was not accidental nor was it inevitable Chapter 9 explores The American Tradition of Descent-Dissent historical duration and temporal complexity through the changing fortunes of dockworkers in Marseilles I feel like these chapters are easy to get sucked into and are convincing than those which present naked theory aloneIt was also interesting to find out after reading the book that the essays are not in their original order In a way the whole book made sense when I realized that the reason certain things feltelter skelter was that they were decades apart in time A very useful book for social science students to get the sense of Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book) historians andistory students to know the utility of developing conceptual tools The first chapter is espcially interesting as the author traced Legal Analysis (2012) his own intellectual career and related it not only to shifts of academic paradigmns but also to structural changes in our contempoary world in which the academias are situated Later chapters go deep in to methodological issues grounded inis detailed presentation of the writings of the French Revolution Geertz and Sahlins surely inspired If You Follow Me his ideas in a great deal as Sewell was able to practice Geertz s insight of meanings as public and Sahlins s of the dialectical relationship between structure and event in very concreteistorical studies His style is clear is conceptual awareness and is knowledge of the implicit and explict assumptions in a Everyman handful of disciplines simply guides the reader through an enterprise which wouldave looked formidable This book puts into theoretical form what Sewell takes good mainsteam The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) history social science practice to be With this book you get it all theistory of the disciplineconfession social cultural A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, history Fordism post Fordism working defini An unexpectedly good book on social theory by a Marxist socialistorian who justly won the ASA Theory Prize for Outstanding Book in 2008 with is work If your research involves a istorical dimension but you are not sure Tarot for Magical Times how to integrate theistorical narrative into social scientific analysis you should check it outThe book is a collection of articles repurposed to form a consistent whole There is one chapter about the British and American istory and social the This is a book of theory Sewell writes about is experience as a Dangerous Heat historian and evaluates the various approaches toistory that e as been involved with Starting as a social istorian using numerical methods to write about those without a voice e moved into cultural The Accidental Startup history which meant looking at texts for the meaning they shed on events He thinks that the social sciencesave much to teach The Man in the High Castle historians bute also argues Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg here for whatistorians A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires have to teach social scientists interested inistory This is not an easy book to read but if you want to think about In Darkest London history and not just consume narratives this is a good place to start Stimulating and largely persuasive Recommended to all my fellowistory students particularly those doing social or cultural work which is to say recommended to everybody who knows what s good for youSewell s goal is to bring Naturalistless historians and social scientists together He argues that each of these groupsas a useful theoretical contribution to make to the other Too often The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler howeveristorians either neglect theory or copy it unmodified from the other disciplines into their own writing The result in a work of Babys Mealtime history is to impoverish either the generally static account of social context or th Despite aealthy degree of repetition and reinforcement this collection of essays presents so many discrete concepts and arguments about The Miracle Equation historiography that it is often uite challenging but always invigorating simply to begin to assimilate its ideas as guides for the writing ofistory Yet so than most theoretical works Sewell clearly intends The Dawn of Modern Thought his work as an aid foristorians who struggle with the conceptual thinness of many core practices in the field who would like to reground their own research and writing on solider ground than convention and piecemeal poaching from other disciplines Sewell s great advantage in this task is in fact The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, his ability to articulate a common conceptual grammar buried deep beneath the jargon of the interpretive social sciences to demonstrateow anthropology sociology and Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man history can andave be of mutual aid because they connect at crucial but freuently obscured theoretical maybe even metaphysical points Of great and I would expect lasting value. Istory sociology political science and anthropology Sewell argues that only by combining a sophisticated understanding of Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, historical time with a concern for larger theoretical uestions can a satisfying social theory emerge In Logics of Historye reveals the shape such an engagement could take some of the topics it could illuminate and ow it might affect both sides of the disciplinary divid.

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This is fundamentally a book that attempts to critiue the nomothetic and mechanistic assumptions of the social sciences from a ermeneutic perspective while at the same time asking Goethean Science historians to be theoretically explicit aboutow they think about causality He calls for dialog between Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! historians and social scientists identifying social scientists who do social theory or ualitative methodologists as the most promising potential interlocutors Social scientists most theoretically valuableabit of mind in my opinion is their strong penchant for structural thinking social scientists tend to look for explanations in terms of a relatively limited set of enduring entrenched and causally powerful features of the social world Structural thinking is a social scientific virtue that Digital Crossroads historians could profitably emulate 14Specifically Sewell develops a complex recursive reflexive theory of social structure andow contingent and path dependent events are constantly both reinforcing and at at times remaking those structures It is an attempt in short to recuperate what the Annales School of istoriography dismissed as istoire evenementielle eg the mere recounting of what The Einstein Theory of Relativity happened In the ende attempts to recuperate the much maligned concept of the social by reconstituting it as overlapping and interconnected streams of semiotic practices 21 Most How to Negotiate Your First Job historians actually share a set of assumptions aboutow time is implicated in the organization and transformation of social relations These assumptions can be stated abstractly We believe that time is fateful that every act is part of a seuence of actions and that its effects are profoundly dependent upon its place in the seuence that the outcome of action event or trend is likely to be contingent that its effects will depend upon the particular complex temporal seuence of which it is a part 6 7 While social scientists recognize temporal fatefulness as a truth of everyday existence most of them bracket this truth out of their scientific consciousness 8 Social temporality is extremely complex One significant characteristic of istorical events is that they combine social processes with very different temporalities An eventful conception of temporality certainly posits that different istorical times Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, have effectively different rates of change thatistory may be accelerated by events Historians to put it differently assume that time is The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore heterogeneous 9 Temporaleterogeneity implies causal Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber heterogeneity This assumption is uite contrary to to the practices of mainstream social scientists whose entire mode of operation is to discover and apply general Causal laws implicitly or explicitly assumed to be independent of time and place 10 Historians know a lot about social temporality but they know it as a kind of professional common sense Historians in my experience suffer from a kind of narrative overconfidence 11 Mainstream social scientists areampered by an uncritical or at least in sufficiently critical embrace of a certain natural science model 15 The prestige of the natural sciences continues to New Exploration haunt even the mostistorically inclined social science fields One of the most difficult obstacles facing a dialogue between The Shaping of Western Civilization history and the social sciences is this entrenched belief that some form of natural science model is the royal road to truth in the study of social life 17Thene gets into the three temporalities of social science Comparative method is the standard alternative to mainstream statistical methods when the number of cases is in sufficiently large Historical sociologists ave virtually always ad to make careers in departments where they were surrounded by skeptical positivity s vigilantly on guard against The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles humanistic tendencies 82 Historical sociology needs to adopt the much subversive eventful notion of temporality 83 Sociology was born under the sign of teleology events in someistorical present are actually explained by events in the future The entire modernization school of social science was based on such a teleological conception of temporality But the teleological fallacy is also widespread in the work of many Medicine and Religion historical sociologists who regard their work as arising out of an uncompromising critiue of modernization theory 84 His examples A He dismisses Immanuel Wallerstein as essentially taking an astronomical analogy for understanding the world system which evacuates not just agency but any sense of contingency where all events just flow out of the potentialities inherent in the social system B Charles Tilly committed the fallacy of tr. While social scientists andistorians The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, have been exchanging ideas for a long time theyave never developed a proper dialogue about social theory William H Sewell Jr observes that on uestions of theory the communication Valentino has been mostly one way from social science toistory Logics of History argues that both istory and the social sciences ave something crucial to offer each other While is.

Ansmuting fixed socio geographical difference in social organization into putative stages in the linear development of the abstract master process of urbanization pursuing the notion that acts of political contest action arise from gradual evolutionary changes in large and anonymous social processes rather than the idea that changes in political regimes reconfigure and give new meaning to existing social networks and cleavages thereby creating new collective identities 91 C Theda Skocpol assumes that er three great social revolutions are in fact a uniform class of objects governed by identical causal laws 96 whereas in fact they are not independent of one another with the later revolutions in fact reflecting what their participants ad learned from observing the earlier cases But Sewell says that Skocpol s methodology is in fact a clever compromise of critically extending narratives from each of the cases to each of the others such that comparison generates propositions whose potential generality is tested by their ability to illuminate the conjunctural unfolding of analogous causal processes in the three cases 99Sewell then makes the case for an eventful temporality He defines an event as that relatively rare subclass of appenings that significantly transforms structures Unlike experimental or teleological conceptions of temporality an eventful temporality assumes that events are normally path dependent that is that what as appened at an earlier point in time will affect the possible outcomes of a seuence of events occurring at a later point in time 100 Events bring about Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, historical changes in part by transforming the very cultural categories that shape and constrainuman interaction An eventful concept of temporality then assumes a causal dependence of later occurrences on prior occurrences and assumes that social causality is temporally eterogeneous not temporally uniform Teleological and eventful temporality share an assumption of path dependence However teleological and eventful concepts of temporality differ most sharply on the uestion of contingency Teleological temporality is incompatible with the assumption of radical congruency that I regard as fundamental to eventful temporality 101 The implicit model not only specifies multiple causes but sorts out what might be characterized as different registers of causation preexisting structural conditions cultural social demographic economic conjunctural conditions and contingent strategic or volition always actions 109 This book is a compilation of a series of essays which Sewell wrote over the course of many years In it e argues that The Wood Demon historians and social scientists can gain insight from each other Historians bring an understanding of change over time to the table while social scientists bring a robust focus on societal structures The first few chapters read like an autobiography Sewell usesis own experience during the 1960s and 70s as First Shapes he experiences the social and cultural turns inistoriography He relates these turns with the economical and political environments at those times This use of Dispatches from Dystopia himself as a primary sourceas me caught between thinking of Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) him as very arrogant for consideringis experience worthy of extrapolation and very Ancient World humble for displayingis strugglesIn the remaining chapters Fighter he provides examples forow the cross talk between Събрани разкази, Том 5 historians and social scientists might lookWhile the concepts and terminology in theory are valuable this book is difficult to read He takes a lot of discussion to get to the point Don t expect a cohesive book rather read each chapter as a separate essay which contributes to the overall argument This is an excellent book and very readable as long as you are familiar with the concepts involved Sewell manages to make an impressively viable argument for incorporating useful aspects of theeavily structuralist social The Real James Herriot history into the contemporary cultural turn This kind of argument for synthesis and moderation in theory is too rare and refreshing to see I am all about chapters 7 8 and 9 in this book The others are reasonably compelling but they lack theistorical context that make 7 8 and 9 so fascinating In chapter 7 Waterloo (Sharpe, he analyzes Marshall Sahlin s Possible Theory of History in the context of Sahlin s work on Captain Cook s ill fated trip to Hawaii There is probably no better example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time which means that Sahlinas a great appreciation for Cinderella historical contingency anduman agency Chapter 8 deals with one of Sewell s specialties the stormi. Torians do not think of themselves as theorists they know something social scientists do not คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ how to think about the temporalities of social life On the otherand while social scientists’ treatments of temporality are usually clumsy their theoretical sophistication and penchant for structural accounts of social life could offer much to istoriansRenowned for is work at the crossroads of

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