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Social Imaginaries

Volume 4, Issue 1, Spring 2018

Festschrift for Peter Wagner

Luc Boltanski
Pages 45-70
DOI: 10.5840/si2018413

Historical Sociology and Sociology of History

Reading A Sociology of Modernity made me turn again towards history and encounter the path of a historical sociology. One can say that Peter Wagner´s work opens up particularly rich perspectives towards a new consideration of the complex relations between sociology and history and on the consequences that the internal movements within each discipline have had on the other. I shall approach some issues regarding these relations by looking, first, at the theme of temporality and at the distinction between the past and a present (often turned towards the horizon of the future) and, second, at the theme of the events and their frequent contradistinction to structures.