Surveying the Social: Techniques, Practices, Power
The varying senses in which nineteenth- and twentieth-century social thought and policy constructed and came to grips with "the social' and "society" are discussed. Social history and historical sociology both need these concepts and need to be critical of them.
Curtis, B. (2002). Surveying the Social: Techniques, Practices, Power. Histoire Sociale (Vol. 35, pp. 83–108).