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Social History

Problems, Strategies and Methods

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22 December 2015

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Drawing examples from some of the classic works in the discipline, Miles Fairburn examines the nature, varieties, schools and evolution of social history.
Intended for advanced students and practising social historians who...

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Drawing examples from some of the classic works in the discipline, Miles Fairburn examines the nature, varieties, schools and evolution of social history.
Intended for advanced students and practising social historians who see social history as a problem-solving discipline, the methodological problems examined include the absence of social categories, fragmenting evidence, the appraisal of rival explanations, the use of socially constructed evidence to substantiate claims about realities, how to avoid presentism and when its practice is justifiable, how to distinguish important causes and how to tell similarities from differences.

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A thorough assessment of the literature on the subject and potential solutions to methodological problems
Case studies illustrate the problems and guide the student through solutions

Introduction
The Problem of Absent Social Categories
The Problem of Generalising from Fragmentary Evidence
Some Solutions for the Problem of Fragmentary Evidence
The Problem of Establishing Important Causes
The Problem of Establishing Similarities and Differences Of Lumping and Splitting
To Count or Not to Count?
The Problem of Socially-Constructed Evidence
The Problem of Appropriate Concepts
The Problem of Determining the Best Explanation
Glossary of Terms
Bibliography
Index.
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MILES FAIRBURN is a practising social historian who also teaches advanced courses on historiography and historical method. He is the author of two major books on the social history of New Zealand and presently occupies the Chair in History at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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MILES FAIRBURN is a practising social historian who also teaches advanced courses on historiography and historical method. He is the author of two major books on the social history of New Zealand and presently occupies the Chair in History at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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