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A Genealogical History of Society


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Miguel A. Cabrera
    Pages 1-11
  3. Miguel A. Cabrera
    Pages 13-58
  4. Miguel A. Cabrera
    Pages 59-82
  5. Miguel A. Cabrera
    Pages 83-95
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 97-106

About this book


This book provides a detailed reconstruction of the process of formation of the modern concept of society as an objective entity from the 1820s onwards, thus helping to better understand the shaping of the modern world and the nature of the current crisis of modernity. The concept has exerted considerable influence over the last two centuries, during which time many people have conceived themselves and behave as members of a society, and social scientists have explained human subjectivities and conducts as social effects. For both groups, society exists as a very real phenomenon. Historical inquiry shows, however, that the modern concept of society is no more than a historically contingent way of imagining and making sense of the human world.



Concept of Society History Social Sciences Modern Social Theory Modernity Concepts History of Concepts Genealogical History Social Constructivism Crisis of Modernity August Comte Historical Materialism Crisis of Individualism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of La Laguna La LagunaSpain

About the authors

Miguel A. Cabrera (1960) is Professor of Modern History at the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain. He has investigated on subjects such as the history of social citizenship and social reformism. He is also a specialist in historiographical studies, history of concepts, and the history of Modernity.

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