Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology

Knowledge, Interdependence, Power, Process

Author: Eric Dunning,Jason Hughes

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 178093226X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 239

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This book endeavours to bring the sociology of Elias to a new and wider audience through offering accessible explanations of some of his key ideas.

Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761961086

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Offering a fascinating survey of Elias's life and writings, Dennis Smith traces the growth of his reputation. He is the first author to confront Elias's work with the contrasting theories of Talcott Parsons, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault and Zygmunt Bauman. He also illustrates how Elias's insights can be applied to understand Western modernity and social and political change. Smith shows why Elias is important for sociology, but he is also clear sighted about the limitations of Elias's approach.

Was ist Soziologie?

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sociology

Page: 322

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The Sociology of Norbert Elias

Author: Steven Loyal,Stephen Quilley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535090

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

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Over recent years there has been a steady upsurge of interest in the work of Norbert Elias. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key aspects of Elias's work and then applies an Eliasian approach to key topics in contemporary sociology such as race, class, gender, religion, epistemology and nationalism. The editors have brought together a distinguished group of international sociologists and this book will not only change the course of Elias studies but be a valuable resource for both students and scholars alike.

Norbert Elias

Author: Robert Van Krieken

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134848854

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This book locates Elias's work clearly within the development of sociology and also against the background of current debates. Between the 1930s and the 1980s he developed a unique approach to social theory which is now beginning to take root in contemporary social research and theory. Since the translation of his work into English began to accelerate in the 1980s, a growing number of books and articles on topics including health, sexuality, crime, national and ethnic identity, femininity and globalization, in a variety of disciplines, make positive reference to Elias as an authority on the history of emotions, identity, violence, the body and state formation.

Essays III

On Sociology and the Humanities

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Univ College Dublin Press

ISBN: 9781906359034

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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Between the end of the Second World War and his death in 1990, Elias published almost 60 articles on a wide range of topics. This volume develops his sociological theory of knowledge and the sciences - in the plural - to counter what he sees as the inadequacies of traditional philosophical theories.

Norbert Elias and Human Interdependencies

Author: Thomas Salumets

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773522664

Category: Education

Page: 272

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Norbert Elias (1897–1990), author of the modern classic The Civilizing Process, was one of the most fascinating scientists of the twentieth century. In Norbert Elias and Human Interdependencies leading scholars from Europe, the United States, and Canada introduce, evaluate, and apply Elias's achievements and explore the interdependence of individuals in an increasingly global society. While the opposing paradigms of globalization and fragmentation compete in often bloody and destructive ways in the world today, this book convincingly reminds us of the importance of finding out more about the complex and changing ways in which we are connected. The authors demonstrate that the more we understand our connectedness and deal with its consequences, the less dependent and helpless we become. The critical, multidisciplinary perspectives they offer cover a wide range of subjects, from the world wide web to medieval poetry, nations and gender, cancer narratives and money, emotion management and the financial markets, and the American civilizing process and the repression of shame. The contributions bear witness to Elias's innovative achievements while the authors continue his stunning explorations, extending them into other areas of the humanities and the sciences, and presenting their own wide-ranging and penetrating insights into our mutual dependence. Contributors are Jorge Arditi (SUNY-Buffalo), Godfried Van Benthem Van Den Bergh (emeritus, Erasmus University, Rotterdam), Reinhard Blomert (Humboldt University, Germany and Karl-Franzens University, Austria), Stephen Guy-Bray (University of Calgary), Thomas M. Kemple (University of British Columbia), Hermann Korte (emeritus, University of Hamburg, Germany), Helmut Kuzmics (University of Graz, Austria), Stephen Mennell (National University of Ireland), Thomas Salumets, Thomas J. Scheff (emeritus, University of California in Santa Barbara), Ulrich C. Teucher (University of British Columbia), Annette Treibel (Pedagogical University of Karlsruhe), and Cas Wouters (Utrecht University, Netherlands).

What is Sociology?

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231045513

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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What is Sociology? presents in concise and provocative form the major ideas of a seminal thinker whose work--spanning more than four decades--is only now gaining the recognition here it has long had in Germany and France. Unlike other post-war sociologists, Norbert Elias has always held the concept of historical development among his central concerns; his dynamic theories of the evolution of modern man have remedied the historical and epistemological shortcomings of structualism and ethno-methodology. What is Sociology? refines the arguments that were first found in Elias' massive work on the civilizing process, in which he formulated his major assertions about the interdependence of the making of modern man and modern society. It is Elias' contention that changes in personality structure--embodied in phenomena ranging from table manners and hygiene habits to rites of punishment and courtly love--inevitably reflect and mould patterns of control generated by new political and social instututions. Elias' rejection of a dichotomy between individual and society, and his use of psychoanalysis, political theory, and social history, help restore a fullness of resource to sociology.

Norbert Elias

Post-philosophical Sociology

Author: Richard Kilminster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134075294

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Few sociologists of the first rank have scandalised the academic world to the extent that Elias did. Developed out of the German sociology of knowledge in the 1920s, Elias’s sociology contains a sweeping radicalism which declares an academic ‘war on all your houses’. His sociology of the ‘human condition’ sweeps aside the contemporary focus on ‘modernity’ and rejects most of the paradigms of sociology as one-sided, economistic, teleological, individualistic and/or rationalistic. As sociologists, Elias also asks us to distance ourselves from mainstream psychology, history and above all, philosophy, which is summarily abandoned, although carried forward on a higher level. This enlightening book written by a close friend and pupil of Elias, is the first book to explain the refractory, uncomfortable, side of Elias’s sociological radicalism and to brace us for its implications. It is also the first in-depth analysis of Elias’s last work The Symbol Theory in the light of selected contemporary developments in archaeology, anthropology and evolutionary theory.

Über Norbert Elias

Das Werden eines Menschenwissenschaftlers

Author: Hermann Korte

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531199099

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Das Buch beschreibt den Entstehungsprozess des Werks "Über den Prozeß der Zivilisation" (1939), eines Klassikers der Soziologie, in enger Verbindung mit den Lebensumständen von Norbert Elias und den akademisch-intellektuellen Milieus der 20er und 30er Jahre. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Frage, wie es zu diesem grundlegenden, mit vielen Traditionen der Sozialwissenschaften brechenden Buch gekommen ist.

The Civilized Organization

Norbert Elias and the future of organization studies

Author: Ad van Iterson,Willem Mastenbroek,Tim Newton,Dennis Smith

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027297053

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

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This book brings a major new resource to organization studies: the work of Norbert Elias. By applying his ideas in a critical but sympathetic way, the authors provide a new perspective on the never-ending stream of management fads and fashions. Standing back and taking a more detached perspective, inspired by the work of Norbert Elias (1897-1990), it becomes clear that many 'new' types of organizations are often variations on an old theme.Elias gives us considerable purchase on current debates through his emphasis on long-term historical perspectives, his highlighting of issues of power, emotion and subjectivity, his interweaving of analysis at the level of the state, the organization, groups, and individuals, his alternative 'take' on issues of agency and structure, and his relevance to a wide range of current organization theories. The contributions show the current relevance of Elias's work in numerous fields of organizational analysis such as the sociology of finance and markets, the comparative and cross-cultural study of organization, comparative management development, organizational meetings, organizational boundaries, gossip and privacy in organizations, emotion in organizations, and the significance of humiliation within organizations. It is, indeed, "time for Elias"!

Violence and Civilization

An Introduction to the Work of Norbert Elias

Author: Jonathan Fletcher

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745666280

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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This book provides an introduction to the work of Norbert Elias. It is the first systematic appraisal of two central themes of his thought - violence and civilization. Although Elias is best known for his theory of civilizing processes, this study highlights the crucial importance of the concept of decivilizing processes. Fletcher argues that while Elias did not develop a theory of decivilizing processes, such a theory is logically implied in his perspective and is highly pertinent to an understanding of the most violent episodes of twentieth-century history, such as the Nazi genocides. Elias's original synthesis of sociology and psychology is examined through an analysis of several key texts including The Civilizing Process, The Established and the Outsiders and The Germans. Fletcher shows how Elias constructs his "figurational models" and applies these comparatively to specific historical examples drawn from England and Germany. Violence and Civilization is an excellent introduction to Elias's work. It will appeal to students of sociology, anthropology, and history interested in understanding the phenomenon of violence in the modern world.

Etablierte und Aussenseiter

Author: Norbert Elias,John L. Scotson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social surveys

Page: 324

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Society of Individuals

Author: Norbert Elias,Michael Schröter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780826413727

Category: Philosophy

Page: 247

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Originally published in 1991 and now reissued by Continuum International, this book consists of three sections. The first, written in 1939, was either left out of Elias's most famous book, The Civilizing Process, or was written along with it. Part 2 was written between 1940 and 1960. Part 3 is from 1987. The entire book is a study of the unique relationship between the individual and society--Elias's best-known theme and the basis for the discipline of sociology.

Genesis of modern genocide

Norbert Elias’ civilizing process theory

Author: Matthias Quent

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640296710

Category: Social Science

Page: 7

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Essay from the year 2008 in the subject Sociology - Law, Delinquency, Abnormal Behavior, grade: 1,0, University of Leicester, 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The phrase that the 'civilized Western World' has to defence its values even by using physical violence is often mentioned by politicians and media makers. Especially the 'war on terror' draws a picture of the necessity of the West's force against the 'barbarism', which seems to menace the 'civilized' order. In fact that seems to be a contradiction in terms. How can underdeveloped, 'uncivilized' and uneducated people be able to menace the countries with the world most developed technologies and the highest standard of 'civilization', as it’s often is said? Norbert Elias presents a theory of the civilizing process which includes the opinion, that a lot of things, which a member of the present-day Western civilized society esteems 'uncivilized' in other societies today, can be found in past epochs of his own society, like the medieval-feudal period. The key question to understand on the one hand the civilizing process itself and the problem of the so called 'breakdown of civilization' even in modern states on the other hand is how the civilizing of the West actually did happen?

Care Or Control of the Self?

Norbert Elias, Michel Foucault, and the Subject in the 21st Century

Author: Andrea Dorothea Bührmann,Stefanie Ernst

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 262

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The implications of these developments are also reflected in the challenge To The traditional, hegemonic and rational understanding of subjectivity. Against the background of these great social changes, several factors indicate that the forms of self-regulation or self-governance are also being transformed. A one-sided consideration of the homo economicus and its varieties would underestimate, For example, certain non-rational forms of self-perception and self-reflection, As well as non-rational practices of self-management and subjectivation.