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The Uses of Theory, Concepts and Comparison in Historical Sociology

  • Victoria E. Bonnell (a1)
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The sociological study of history has only recently achieved recognition in American sociology. Although historical research occupied an important place in the nineteenth-century European sociological tradition, American scholars long accepted a disciplinary division relegating the study of the past to historians, while reserving contemporary subjects for sociological investigation. The field of historical sociology first witnessed a revival in the 1950s with the publication of Reinhard Bendix's Work and Authority in Industry (1956) and Neil Smelser's Social Change in the Industrial Revolution (1959). During these years, a small chorus of voices called for a more historical approach to sociological problems and closer cooperation between the two disciplines.

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Barrington Moore Jr, Terror and Progress (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956)

Seymour Martin Lipset , ‘A Sociologist Looks at History,’ Pacific Sociological Review, 1:1 (Spring1958)

Arthur L. Stinchcombe , Theoretical Models in Social History (New York: Academic Press, 1978)

Reinhard Bendix , ‘Concepts and Generalizations in Comparative Sociological Studies,’ American Sociological Review, 28:4 (August 1963), pp. 532–39

Gareth Stedman Jones , ‘From Historical Sociology to Theoretical History,’ The British Journal of Sociology, 27:3 (September 1976).

Richard Johnson , ‘Thompson, Genovese, and Socialist-Humanist History,’ History Workshop, 6 (Autumn1978)

The Journalof Social History, 1 (1967), pp. 1736

Reinhard Bendix , ‘The Mandate to Rule: An Introduction,’ Social Forces 55: 2 (December 1976), p. 246.

Jonathan M. Wiener , ‘Planter-Merchant Conflict in Reconstruction Alabama,’ Past and Present, 68 (August 1975)

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Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • ISSN: 0010-4175
  • EISSN: 1475-2999
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