Exploring the concept of an 'historical gaze'.
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The purpose of this paper is to interrogate what makes history a specialised and particular discipline; to ask what does it mean to do history and to know history. I draw on the work of those working within the field of the sociology of knowledge, particularly the work of Dowling, to begin a discussion around the concept of an historical gaze. I argue that this concept may provide an analytic tool to help us to keep the intertwined strands of procedural knowledge and substantive knowledge in history from unravelling and coming apart.