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The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Human Sciences

Palgrave Macmillan


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  • Provides an international overview of the field

  • Demonstrates commonalities and differences between regions and approaches

  • Authoritative reference for researchers, practitioners/instructors and students

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About this book

The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Human Sciences offers a uniquely comprehensive and global overview of the evolution of ideas, concepts and policies within the human sciences. Drawn from histories of the social and psychological sciences, anthropology, the history and philosophy of science, and the history of ideas, this collection analyses the health and welfare of populations, evidence of the changing nature of our local communities, cities, societies or global movements, and studies the way our humanness or ‘human nature’ undergoes shifts because of broader technological shifts or patterns of living. This Handbook serves as an authoritative reference to a vast source of representative scholarly work in interdisciplinary fields, a means of understanding patterns of social change and the conduct of institutions, as well as the histories of these ‘ways of knowing’ probe the contexts, circumstances and conditions which underpin continuity and change in the way we count, analyse and understand ourselves in our different social worlds. It reflects a critical scholarly interest in both traditional and emerging concerns on the relations between the biological and social sciences, and between these and changes and continuities in societies and conducts, as 21st century research moves into new intellectual and geographic territories, more diverse fields and global problematics.


  • Critique and the history of theory
  • History and Sociology of Knowledge
  • Histories of legal theory
  • Governing Individuals and Societies in the contemporary world
  • History of science and cultural hegemony
  • Anthropology, ethnography and ethnology
  • Social histories of knowledge
  • The Sociology of crowds
  • Human Sciences and the History of Psychiatry
  • Identity, constructing human and social subjects
  • Contextual factors of the civilising process

Editors and Affiliations

  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

    David McCallum

About the editor

David McCallum is emeritus professor of sociology at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.  

He publishes work in the fields of historical sociology, law and society, history of psychiatry, Indigenous studies, sociology of education, and most recently a book titled Criminalizing Children. Welfare and the State in Australia, published in the Cambridge Studies in Law and Society series (Cambridge University Press, 2017). 

Victoria University (VU) acknowledges, honours, recognises and respects the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Boonwurrung (Bunurong), Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) and Wadawurrung (Wathaurung) people of the Kulin Nation on the Melbourne campuses, and the Gadigal and Guring-gai people of the Eora Nation on our Sydney Campus. These groups are the custodians of University land and have been for many centuries. 

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