Borderlands, Peripheries, Colonies: The Staging of Modernity

Many of the historiographical, sociological, and anthropological approaches, even when attentive to the colonial part of every European social modernity, focus less on the European center-periphery dynamic in the constitution of social expertise and social reform. The absence of a Western colonialism and the presence and intercession of ambiguously European and modernizing empires created, sometimes, a “double peripheral” status (Mishkova) for the whole area. The present project is centered on the history of European but peripheral socials and investigates the larger international and transnational tensions that created the local forms of the social: public hygiene, nineteenth century socialism, social economy, cooperative movement, professionalization and radicalization of social sciences, and alliances with the state.


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