Remaking Modernity

Politics, History, and Sociology

Remaking Modernity

Politics, History, and Culture

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Book Pages: 632 Illustrations: 6 illus. Published: February 2005

History > World History, Politics > Political Science, Sociology

A state-of-the-field survey of historical sociology, Remaking Modernity assesses the field’s past accomplishments and peers into the future, envisioning changes to come. The seventeen essays in this collection reveal the potential of historical sociology to transform understandings of social and cultural change. The volume captures an exciting new conversation among historical sociologists that brings a wider interdisciplinary project to bear on the problems and prospects of modernity.

The contributors represent a wide variety of theoretical orientations and a broad spectrum of understandings of what constitutes historical sociology. They address such topics as religion, war, citizenship, markets, professions, gender and welfare, colonialism, ethnicity, bureaucracy, revolutions, collective action, and the modernist social sciences themselves. Remaking Modernity includes a significant introduction in which the editors consider prior orientations in historical sociology in order to analyze the field’s resurgence. They show how current research is building on and challenging previous work through attention to institutionalism, rational choice, the cultural turn, feminist theories and approaches, and colonialism and the racial formations of empire.

Julia Adams
Justin Baer
Richard Biernacki
Bruce Carruthers
Elisabeth Clemens
Rebecca Jean Emigh
Russell Faeges
Philip Gorski
Roger Gould
Meyer Kestnbaum
Edgar Kiser
Ming-Cheng Lo
Zine Magubane
Ann Shola Orloff
Nader Sohrabi
Margaret Somers
Lyn Spillman
George Steinmetz


“ [Remaking Modernity] provide[s] an important indicator of the type of issues that historically oriented sociologists will be addressing over the next few decades. Recommended. — S.C. Ward , Choice

“[T]he editors and their authors have produced an expansive survey of recent work in historical-comparative analysis.” — Charles Tilly , History and Theory

“[T]he social sciences and history only thrive through debates. In stirring up the discussion in a provocative way [Adams, Clemens, and Orloff] stimulated the ‘rethinking’ of this wonderful discipline: historical sociology. Let us accept the challenge and join the debate!” — Marjolein ‘t Hart, International Review of Social History

“This book allows specialists and nonspecialists to see the state of the art in historical sociology; it serves as an outstanding demonstration for graduate students to learn what is happening in the field and offers readers a chance to see some of the best minds in the field at the top of their game.” — William G. Roy , American Journal of Sociology

Remaking Modernity is the best representation available of the large and excellent generation of American historical sociologists now becoming prominent in the discipline.” — Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council

“Here, all in one volume, is the best of the rising generation of historical sociologists, applying their craft to themselves, reflecting on their antecedents in order to chart our discipline’s futures. Ranging across multiple fields, wrestling with the Marxist-inspired iconoclasm of second-wave historical sociology, this is sure to become a definitive text of the third wave.” — Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley


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Julia Adams is Professor of Sociology at Yale University. She is the author of The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe.

Elisabeth Clemens is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The People’s Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of the Interest Group.

Ann Shola Orloff is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Her most recent book is States, Markets, Families: Gender, Social Policy, and Liberalism in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States (with Julia O’Connor and Sheila Shaver).

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Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Social Theory, Modernity and the Three Waves of Historical Sociology / Julia Adams, Elisabeth S. Clemens, and Ann Shola Orloff 1

Part I: Historical Sociology and Epistemological Underpinnings

The Action Turn? Comparative-Historical Inquiry beyond the Classical Models of Conduct / Richard Biernacki 75

Overlapping Territories and Intertwined Histories: Historical Sociology's Global Imagination / Zine Magubene 92

The Epistemological Unconscious of U.S. Sociology and the Transition to Post-Fordism: The Case of Historical Sociology / George Steinmetz 109

Part II: State Formation and Historical Sociology

The Return of the Repressed: Religion and the Political Unconscious of Historical Sociology / Philip S. Gorski 161

Social Provision and Regulation: Theories of States, Social Policies, and Modernity / Ann Shola Orloff 190

The Bureaucratization of States: Toward an Analytical Weberianism / Edgar Kiser and Justin Baer 225

Part III: History and Political Contention

Mars Revealed: The Entry of Ordinary People into War among the States / Meyer Kestnbaum 249

Historical Sociology and Collective Action / Roger V. Gould 286

Revolutions as Pathways to Modernity / Nader Sohrabi 300

Part IV: Capitalism, Modernity, and the Economic Realm

Historical Sociology and the Economy: Actors, Networks, and Context / Bruce G. Carruthers 333

The Great Debates: Transitions to Capitalisms / Rebecca Jean Emigh 355

The Professions: Prodigal Daughters of Modernity / Ming-Cheng M. Lo 381

Part V: Politics, History, and Collective Identities

Nations / Lyn Spillman and Russell Faeges 409

Citizenship Troubles: Genealogies of Struggle for the Soul of the Social / Margaret R. Somers 438

Ethnicity without Groups / Rogers Brubake 470

Afterword: Logics of History? Agency, Multiplicity, and Incoherence in the Explanation of Change / Elisabeth S. Clemens 493

References 517

Contributors 599

Index 603
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