This essay considers the potential of histories of transnational movements of people, comparative histories of particular movements, and the erosion of boundaries between British domestic and imperial history, to expand and revise social histories
But over the last few years, British television has produced a range of engaging social histories
drawing on memory, testimony, archive and the inevitable re-tracing of steps.
By focusing on the human endeavor involved in the establishment and maintenance of interpersonal relationships, these essays avoid the broad quantitative nature of demographic social histories
, but are also not divorced from social realities and material relationships as in more theoretically inclined cultural histories.
A valuable contribution to the social histories
of medicine and technology, The Body Electric seeks to understand how and why users voluntarily "connected their bodies to machines" (p.
Partly because of further specialization and topical expansion, partly because of the distraction of the cultural turn, and partly perhaps because of partial incorporation into general textbooks, the effort do to general social histories
of key areas has fallen by the wayside.
Nonetheless, in a less systematic way, social histories
of the revolution have recently rebounded in a number of books and articles.
Moreover, social histories
of the senses have still to inform even the most innovative cultural histories--I'm thinking especially of whiteness studies--some of which suffer from an unwitting visualism that in some important ways limits their larger explanative power about the meaning of "race", the ways in which it was defined, and the depth of American racism.
Currents and Analyses Leading to New Social Histories
76) And with the exceptions of Ernst and Sadowsky, scholars have ignored the detailed investigations into patients' backgrounds and the medical regimens of specific institutions that marked patients' experiences of confinement--methods that characterize the best social histories
of psychiatry in Europe and the United States.
In fact, the two stand at opposite poles in style and context: McConnell's book is a historical version of the popular true crime genre, while Cohen's monograph is among the most thoroughly contextualized social histories
Killing Time incorporates many themes familiar to social histories
of the industrialization process into an unusually broad, inclusive and readable regional study of leisure.
1) While new social histories
showed how classes and communities came into being as the result of large-scale sociological processes and came to consciousness of their ability to affect these processes, "birth" studies generally eschew such narratives in favor of the complicated creation and negotiation of identities and conceptual delineations as exercises of power by both social authorities and those whom they seek to classify.