Using Lefebvre’s triad

Up The Oss Road

Hewitt Avenue, one of the later roads built on the Noel Park estate, North London. I used to live on this street! Hewitt Avenue, one of the later roads built on the Noel Park estate, North London. I used to live on this street!

I did warn you that this would be a place for testing half-baked theories, so no Black Country history today, sorry. If you’re not up for critical theory and continental philosophy on a Friday morning, back away slowly now.

There’s been plenty of debates over the years about the role of theory within the practice of history. Many historians would agree that history without the theory means very little, but also with Jordanova’s point that history actually hasn’t been a traditionally theoretical discipline – that most theories used within history have been drawn from other fields. Coming in from the social sciences, I can definitely see the overlaps: Marxism, poststructuralism, cultural turns etc. – all shared across the humanities and social sciences.

Happily I have no problem with this, so…

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