Beyond the Cultural Turn: New Directions in the Study of by Hayden White, Victoria E. Bonnell, Lynn Hunt

By Hayden White, Victoria E. Bonnell, Lynn Hunt

Not anything has generated extra controversy within the social sciences than the flip towards tradition, variously referred to as the linguistic flip, culturalism, or postmodernism. This publication examines the influence of the cultural activate well known social technological know-how disciplines, historical past and sociology, and proposes new instructions within the conception and perform of ancient research.
The editors offer an advent studying the origins and implications of the cultural flip and its postmodernist opinions of information. Essays through major historians and old sociologists give some thought to the makes use of of cultural theories and express either their promise and their obstacles. The afterword by way of Hayden White presents an evaluate of the rage towards culturalism by means of one its such a lot influential proponents.
Beyond the Cultural Turn bargains clean theoretical readings of the main power matters created by way of the cultural flip and provocative empirical reports concentrating on assorted social practices, the makes use of of narrative, and the physique and self as serious junctures the place tradition and society intersect.

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