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Historical Political Sociology

Historical Political Sociology
Yves Dloye


In the history of the social sciences, the development of the social historical approach presents a paradox. Although many of the founding fathers of sociology (notably Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber or even Karl Marx) gave a substantial place in their analyses to the historicity of social facts (Delanty & Isin, 2003, Part 1; Déloye, 2007, Chapter 1), the late institutionalisation of sociology at the end of the nineteenth century was often at the cost of a retreat into the present which Norbert Elias condemned towards the end of his life (Elias, 1987). This presentism contributed to a division of labour between historians and sociologists which deepened in the course of the institutionalisation of sociology ...

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