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By John Haldon

ISBN-10: 140513240X

ISBN-13: 9781405132404

ISBN-10: 1444305913

ISBN-13: 9781444305913

With unique essays through prime students, this ebook explores the social heritage of the medieval japanese Roman Empire and gives illuminating new insights into our wisdom of Byzantine society.Provides interconnected essays of unique scholarship when it comes to the social heritage of the Byzantine empireOffers groundbreaking theoretical and empirical learn within the examine of Byzantine societyIncludes beneficial glossaries of sociological/theoretical phrases and Byzantine/medieval phrases

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Durkheim 1933. 19 By “social reproduction” I mean activities and practices which contribute to the constant renewal and regeneration of social relationships and thus the socio-cultural system as a whole. 18 TOWARDS A SOCIAL H I S T O R Y O F BYZ A N T I U M 13 and individuals, and the contingent roles and identities through which such codes are realized and implemented – or challenged. All social systems generate codes of conduct and systems of rules, however simple they might be, to govern social relationships, and these generally involve the exercise of some form of power, either directly and coercively or abstractly, through inherited patterns of managing certain events or structures.

See Topolski 1981; and Mandelbaum 1980. 16 For narrative as organizing experience and perceptions, see Garfinkel 1967; Sperber 1975: 85–149; Goff 1980: 112–14. 17 And there are metanarratives, political-ideological systems, for example, which offer larger-scale identities to those involved in them. But each of these can be disrupted by shifts in their conditions of existence, and this brings with it the potential for an imbalance which challenges peoples’ assumptions and the predictable roles and patterns of their daily lives.

Thus Byzantine peasants in the Balkans in the eighth and ninth centuries were hardly very different in these respects from their Bulgar and Slav neighbors, nor can Byzantine peasants in southern or eastern Asia Minor have differed greatly in the seasonal practices which dominated their 9 For an eloquent statement of why this cannot be the case, with an alternative approach, see Mann 1986: 1–33. While I do not accept Mann’s four-part model of social power (ideological, economic, military, and political), each bearing equal constitutive value, his analysis and discussion nevertheless throws into high relief some of the problems faced by those who wish to pursue a historical sociology.

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