Riflessioni in merito all'utilità della convergenza tra sociologia e storia
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G. GILARDONI, Reasoning on the value of convergence between sociology and history.
In order to better understand social reality phenomena the convergence of more perspectives
should be adopted. Possible convergences between sociology and history are herein represented
by the recall of some factual interconnections and mutual integrations which occurred
and correlations implemented from methodological reasoning. The case study proposed regards
the Freedom Rides, an episode of the Civil Rights Movement during the struggle against segregation.
Racial segregation is first explored at its beginning through historical direct sources and
historiography as a way to re-establish the previous privilege of whites after slavery had been
abolished. It is then observed from a sociological point of view, specifically from the Social Limits to Growth by F. Hirsch. His work, although not directly referring to historical events
and social phenomena considered, has provided an illuminating key of interpretation, revealing
how segregation has functioned as a effective device which partially stemmed the progressive
erosion of the satisfaction connected to consumptions experienced during the economic boom
of the Sixties. This article thus proposes a concrete example of how sociology and history can
usefully converge for a better understanding.
Key words: Sociology, history, racial segregation, social limits to growth.