What is the Social in Social History

  title={What is the Social in Social History},
  author={Patrick Weston Joyce},
  journal={Past \& Present},
  • P. Joyce
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Sociology
  • Past & Present
5 They reject all forms of strict methodological individualism. They are not primarily interested in single biographies and specific events, but rather in collectivephenomena.Theytrytoreconstruct‘thesocial’includingsocialinequality.Theydonotacceptthatthepastcansufficientlybeunderstoodasacontextofperceptions,experiences,discourses,actionsandmean-10 ings, alone. They insist that conditions and consequences, structures and processes have to be taken seriously and brought back in. They try to combine… 

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