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Afterword

Kerwin Lee Klein

in From History to Theory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268814
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268814.003.0008
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This chapter explores the politics of linguistic change and the investments in narratives of progress and declension. It explains that theory has become a battle flag, despite the notorious vagaries of the term. It clarifies that recent accounts of the rise of theory have blamed either reactionary European imports or the segmentation of the academic market for leading people astray. It argues that earlier changes in the ways people talk about language, history, and culture prepared the ground for the ways they think about history and theory today.

Keywords: theory; linguistic change; narratives; European; academic market; language; history; culture

Chapter.  3430 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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