The Anthem companion to Norbert Elias

Alex Law (Editor), Stephen Mennell (Editor)

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The book is an authoritative assessment of Norbert Elias (1897–1990). The volume recognizes Elias as one of the major contributors to the development of the sociological tradition in the past century and charts the continuing relevance of his conception of sociology for contemporary society. Only toward the end of his career as an academic did Elias’s work begin to attract the attention of English-speaking sociologists, historians, and scholars of cultural studies.

It is a broad representation of Elias’s oeuvre and work inspired by it. While Elias is best known for his major study of The Civilising Process, the reach and subtle depths of Elias’s conception of process sociology has been cemented more recently by the English-language publication of Elias’s collected work of 18 volumes. The baton of process sociology is being passed on to further generations of sociologists. As a learning process, sociologists develop this inheritance in new and stimulating ways by situating the most pressing changes and continuities facing human societies in long-term perspective.

Chapters from leading contributors outline the nature of the sociological practice of Elias and address fundamental questions of historical sociology, democratization, gender, racialization processes, and embodiment. Later chapters highlight the contribution of process sociology for understanding developments in nation, state and global sociology, criminology, art, and education.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAnthem Press
Number of pages276
ISBN (Electronic)9781839986659, 9781839986666
ISBN (Print)9781839986673
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2023

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NameAnthem Companions to Sociology
PublisherAnthem Press

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  • Art and the civilising process

    Law, A., 8 Aug 2023, The anthem companion to Norbert Elias. Mennell, S. & Law, A. (eds.). London: Anthem Press, p. 205-229 25 p. (Anthem Companions to Sociology).

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  • Introduction: the sociological promise of Norbert Elias

    Law, A. & Mennell, S., 8 Aug 2023, The anthem companion to Norbert Elias. Mennell, S. & Law, A. (eds.). London: Anthem Press, p. 1-15 15 p. (Anthem Companions to Sociology).

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