The Eventfulness of Social Reproduction


  • Adam Moore, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1255 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Tel.: 310-206-5976; E-mail: This research has been supported by fellowships from the Council for European Studies, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the United States Institute of Peace.


The work of William Sewell and Marshall Sahlins has led to a growing interest in recent years in events as a category of analysis and their role in the transformation of social structures. I argue that tying events solely to instances of significant structural transformation entails problematic theoretical assumptions about stability and change and produces a circumscribed field of events, undercutting the goal of developing an “eventful” account of social life. Social continuity is a state that is achieved just as much as are structural transformations, and events may be constitutive of processes of reproduction as well as change.