New Directions in Social and Cultural History. Edited by Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam, Lucy Noakes

Izdavač Bloomsbury Academic objavio je 2018. godine zbornik o novim pristupima u društvenoj i kulturnoj povijesti obilježenima recentnim usponom transnacionalne povijesti i povijesti okoliša, povijesti emocija i javne povijesti te drugih, posebice u kontekstu kulturnog, vizualnog, prostornog, materijalnog i drugih obrata.



About New Directions in Social and Cultural History


What does it mean to be a social and cultural historian today? In the wake of the ‘cultural turn’, and in an age of digital and public history, what challenges and opportunities await historians in the early 21st century? In this exciting new text, leading historians reflect on key developments in their fields and argue for a range of ‘new directions’ in social and cultural history. Focusing on emerging areas of historical research such as the history of the emotions and environmental history, New Directions in Social and Cultural History is an invaluable guide to the current and future state of the field.

The book is divided into three clear sections, each with an editorial introduction, and covering key thematic areas: histories of the human, the material world, and challenges and provocations. Each chapter in the collection provides an introduction to the key and recent developments in its specialist field, with their authors then moving on to argue for what they see as particularly important shifts and interventions in the theory and methodology and suggest future developments. New Directions in Social and Cultural History provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of this burgeoning field which will be important reading for all students and scholars of social and cultural history and historiography.


Table of contents


List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Foreword, Frank Mort (University of Manchester, UK)
Preface, Pamela Cox (University of Essex, UK)Introduction: Towards New Social and Cultural Histories, Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin University, UK), Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton, UK) and Sasha Handley (University of Manchester, UK)

Part I: Histories of the Human

1. Subjectivity, the Self and Historical Practice, Penny Summerfield (University of Manchester, UK)
2. The History of Emotions, Rob Boddice (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
3. The Body and the Senses, Judith Allen (Indiana University, USA)

Part II: The Material Turn

4. A Return to Materialism? Putting Social History Back into Place, Katrina Navickas (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
5. Markets and Cultures, Donna Loftus (Open University, UK)
6. Visual and Material Cultures, Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University, USA)
7. Public Histories, Paul Ashton (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and Meg Foster (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Part III: Challenges and Provocations

8. Animal Human Histories, Hilda Kean (University of Greenwich and University College London, UK)
9. New Directions in Transnational History: Thinking and Living Transnationally, Durbha Ghosh (Cornell University, USA)
10. Environmental History, John Morgan (University of Manchester, UK)
11. Spatial Histories, Nicola Whyte (University of Exeter, UK)
Afterword: Digital History, Seth Denbo (American Historical Association, USA)




“An impressive, well-written volume that not only addresses the current state of play in social and cultural history, but relates it to influential political and intellectual movements and points to future trends. It will be an extremely useful volume for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.” –  June Purvis, Emeritus Professor of Women’s and Gender History, University of Portsmouth, UK


“This engaging collection of essays encourages the reader to think critically about – and productively with – recent work in social and cultural history. In mapping a field characterised by dialogue and collaboration, it historicises current practice, contests conventional categories, and explores new approaches and cross-disciplinary encounters. The contributors explain what social and cultural history is today whilst also making insightful suggestions about its future. This is an essential read for everyone with a stake in how we understand the past.” –  Claire Langhamer, Professor of Modern British History, University of Sussex, UK


New Directions in Social and Cultural History‘s lively essays and essential introduction show us how the discipline has evolved, providing an excellent starting point for history students. It is filled with analysis that is nuanced, thought-provoking, and attuned to how past and present intersect.” –  Susan R. Grayzel, Professor of History, Utah State University, USA



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