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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
  • Julia Adams

    Richard Biernacki

    Zine Magubane

    George Steinmetz

    Philip S. Gorski

    Edgar Kiser

    Meyer Kestnbaum

    Roger Gould

    Nader Soharbi

    Bruce Carruthers

    Rebecca Jean Emigh

    Ming-Chang Miriam M. Lo

    Lyn Spillman

    Rogers Brubaker

    Elisabeth S. Clemens

    Ann Shola Orloff

    Justin Baer

    Russell Faeges

  • 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 — N/A

    “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 — N/A

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    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

    About The Author(s)

    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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