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The Sociology of Norbert Elias

The Sociology of Norbert Elias


Stephen Quilley, Steven Loyal, Richard Kilminster, Barry Barnes, Eric Dunning, Loïc Wacquant, Christien Brinkgreve, Stephen Mennell, Paul Kapteyn, Cas Wouters, John Pratt, Thomas Scheff, Bryan Turner, Johan Goudsblom
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  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521535090

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  • Norbert Elias has been described as a great sociologist and over recent years there has been a steady upsurge of interest in his work. Yet despite the fact that he was active for nearly sixty years from the 1920s to the 1960s it was only in the 1980s that English translations of his works became widely available and the importance of his contribution to the sociological endeavour was fully recognised in the English speaking world. 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.

    • Comprehensive and accessible introduction to Norbert Elias's work
    • Covers the application of Elias's work to contemporary issues such as race, gender and class
    • International respected contributors
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    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521535090
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Towards a 'central theory': the scope and relevance of Norbert Elias Stephen Quilley and Steven Loyal
    Part I. Sociology as a Human Science: Norbert Elias and the Sociology of Knowledge:
    2. From distance to detachment: knowledge and self-knowledge in Elias's theory of involvement and detachment Richard Kilminster
    3. Ecology, 'human nature' and civilising processes: biology and sociology in the work of Norbert Elias Stephen Quilley
    4. Between the real and the reified: Elias on time Barry Barnes
    Part II. Processes of Stratification: Figurations of Race, Class and Gender:
    5. The figurational dynamics of racial stratification: a conceptual discussion and developmental analysis of black-white relations in the United States Eric Dunning
    6. Decivilising and demonising: the social and symbolic remaking of the black ghetto and Elias in the dark ghetto Loïc Wacquant
    7. Elias on class and stratification Steven Loyal
    8. Elias on gender relations: the changing balance of power between the sexes Christien Brinkgreve
    Part III. The Formation of Individuals and States:
    9. Not so exceptional? State-formation processes in America Stephen Mennell
    10. Armed peace: on the pacifying condition for the co-operative of States Paul Kapteyn
    11. Changing regimes of manners and emotions: from disciplining to informalizing Cas Wouters
    12. Elias and modern penal development John Pratt
    13. Elias, Freud and Goffman: shame as the master emotion Thomas Scheff
    Part IV. Religion and Civilising Processes: Weber and Elias Compared:
    14. Weber and Elias on religion and violence: warrior charisma and the civilising process Bryan Turner
    15. Christian religion and the European civilising process: the views of Norbert Elias and Max Weber compared Johan Goudsblom.

  • Editors

    Steven Loyal, University College Dublin
    Steven Loyal is a lecturer in sociology at University College Dublin. In addition to his interest in Elias he has research interests in theory and ethnic studies. His most recent book is The Sociology of Anthony Giddens (2003).

    Stephen Quilley, University College Dublin
    Stephen Quilley is a lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin and has taught in Manchester and Moscow. He has published on Elias, urban studies and the sociology of nature. His most recent book Exploring the Tomato: Transformations in Nature, Society and Economy (2002) was co-authored with Mark Harvey and Huw Benyon.


    Stephen Quilley, Steven Loyal, Richard Kilminster, Barry Barnes, Eric Dunning, Loïc Wacquant, Christien Brinkgreve, Stephen Mennell, Paul Kapteyn, Cas Wouters, John Pratt, Thomas Scheff, Bryan Turner, Johan Goudsblom

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