- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

A term with two distinct meanings: (1) a belief that any period in history can only be understood in relation to its own time and place; (2) a belief in discoverable laws of historical change that can be used to predict the future.

Longer explanation

Let's start with the first meaning – historical periods ...

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