The Sociology of Norbert Elias

Author: Steven Loyal,Stephen Quilley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535090

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

View: 3804

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.
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Mozart

Portrait of a Genius

Author: Norbert Elias,Michael Schröter

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520084759

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 7408

"Mozart's need for love had grown uncertain of itself in early childhood. His feeling of being unloved found constant confirmation in his changing experiences over the years, and the intensity of his unsatisfied desire to be loved, detectable as a dominant wish throughout his life, very largely determined what had meaning for him and what did not."--From the book One of the most important social thinkers of our time provides a haunting portrait of Mozart's life and creative genius. German sociologist Norbert Elias examines the paradoxes in Mozart's short existence--his brilliant creativity and social marginality, his musical sophistication and personal crudeness, his breathtaking accomplishments and deep despair. Using psychoanalytic insights, Elias examines Leopold Mozart's carefully honed ambitions for his son and protege. From the age of six Mozart traveled with his father, performing in the major courts throughout Europe. The elder Mozart worked on his son "like a sculptor on his sculpture," and this deep bond formed the lietmotif in understanding Mozart's early talent and complicated psyche. Mozart chafed at the constraints of Viennese courtly culture. Growing up in a society which viewed musicians as manual laborers producing entertainment for the court, he fought for an independent livelihood. Vienna's aristocracy ultimately turned its back on the composer, who faced mounting debts, no work, and no prospect of fulfilling his innermost desires. He died feeling that his life had become empty of meaning. Elias ponders the concept of genius, which he sees as a complex marriage of fantasy, inspiration, and convention. In exploring the tension between personal creativity and the tastes of an era, he gives us a book of startling insight and discovery. "Mozart's need for love had grown uncertain of itself in early childhood. His feeling of being unloved found constant confirmation in his changing experiences over the years, and the intensity of his unsatisfied desire to be loved, detectable as a dominant wish throughout his life, very largely determined what had meaning for him and what did not."--From the book One of the most important social thinkers of our time provides a haunting portrait of Mozart's life and creative genius. German sociologist Norbert Elias examines the paradoxes in Mozart's short existence--his brilliant creativity and social marginality, his musical sophistication and personal crudeness, his breathtaking accomplishments and deep despair. Using psychoanalytic insights, Elias examines Leopold Mozart's carefully honed ambitions for his son and protege. From the age of six Mozart traveled with his father, performing in the major courts throughout Europe. The elder Mozart worked on his son "like a sculptor on his sculpture," and this deep bond formed the lietmotif in understanding Mozart's early talent and complicated psyche. Mozart chafed at the constraints of Viennese courtly culture. Growing up in a society which viewed musicians as manual laborers producing entertainment for the court, he fought for an independent livelihood. Vienna's aristocracy ultimately turned its back on the composer, who faced mounting debts, no work, and no prospect of fulfilling his innermost desires. He died feeling that his life had become empty of meaning. Elias ponders the concept of genius, which he sees as a complex marriage of fantasy, inspiration, and convention. In exploring the tension between personal creativity and the tastes of an era, he gives us a book of startling insight and discovery.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

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

View: 2080

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.
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What is Sociology?

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231045513

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

View: 4899

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.
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Norbert Elias

Post-philosophical Sociology

Author: Richard Kilminster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134075286

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 4909

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.
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Norbert Elias and Social Theory

Author: François Dépelteau,T. Landini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137312114

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 330

View: 6517

This book will compare the approach and works of Norbert Elias, well known for his analysis of the civilizing process, his work on sport and violence and, more largely, his figurational approach, with other important social theories both classical and contemporary.
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Society of Individuals

Author: Norbert Elias,Michael Schröter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780826413727

Category: Philosophy

Page: 247

View: 8883

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.
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Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport

Systematizing Figurational Sociology

Author: Joannes Van Gestel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351212656

Category: Social Science

Page: 170

View: 1184

In times when the social sciences have become increasingly fragmented and more focused on ‘the pieces of the puzzle’, the puzzle, as a topic in its own right, has slowly been moved towards the background. Nonetheless, as humanity becomes ever more globalized, there is a greater need for in-depth discussion on the theory behind the direction of humanity in history and the interrelationships between the different areas in which humans associate, including that of leisure and sport. At its heart, Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport explains both the course of history and how the roles that leisure and sport have occupied in it should be investigated. Exploring this from Norbert Elias’ figurational (or process sociological) standpoint, the book offers a unique perspective as Van Gestel approaches the theoretical concepts and ideas by systematizing the views of the iconic scholar and offers new insights into his central theory. Furthermore, drawing upon theoretical principles that are universal to humans rather than relative to a case study, Van Gestel offers an applicable guideline which explains phenomena beyond specific cultures or circumstances that have so far been a customary practice by process sociologists. Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport is a valuable title which will appeal to postgraduate students and scholars interested in fields such as social studies, leisure and sport studies, and history.
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On Civilization, Power, and Knowledge

Selected Writings

Author: Norbert Elias,Stephen Mennell,Johan Goudsblom

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226204314

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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Norbert Elias has been described as among the great sociologists of the 20th century. A collection of his most important writings, this book sets out Elias' thinking during the course of his long career, with a discussion of how his work relates to that of other sociologists.
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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

View: 1266

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"!
Posted in Business & Economics

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

View: 5416

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.
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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

View: 3837

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.
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Involvement and Detachment

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Univ College Dublin Press

ISBN: 9781904558422

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

View: 5015

Norbert Elias's major exposition of his sociological theory of the growth of knowledge and the sciences as an aspect of overall human social development.
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The Civilizing Process

Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631221616

Category: Social Science

Page: 592

View: 9818

The Civilizing Process stands out as Norbert Elias' greatest work, tracing the "civilizing" of manners and personality in Western Europe since the late Middle Ages by demonstrating how the formation of states and the monopolization of power within them changed Western society forever.
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Norbert Elias and Empirical Research

Author: T. Landini,F. Dépelteau

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137312149

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

View: 6691

Norbert Elias has been recognized as one of the key social scientists of the 20th century at least in sociology, political science and history. This book will address Norbert Elias's approach to empirical research, the use of his work in empirical research, and compare him with other theorists.
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Norbert Elias and Violence

Author: Tatiana Savoia Landini,François Dépelteau

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137561181

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 4984

This book presents key conceptualizations of violence as developed by Norbert Elias. The authors explain and exemplify these concepts by analyzing Elias’s late texts, comparing his views to those of Sigmund Freud, and by analyzing the work of filmmaker Michael Haneke. The authors then discuss the strengths and shortcomings of Elias’s thoughts on violence by examining various social processes such as colonization, imperialism, and the Brazilian civilizing process—in addition to the ambivalence of state violence. The final chapters suggest how these concepts can be used to explain difficulties in implementing democracy, grappling with memories of violence, and state building after democracy.
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Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761961086

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 976

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.
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Quest for Excitement

Sport and Leisure in the Civilising Process

Author: Norbert Elias,Eric Dunning

Publisher: Univ College Dublin Press

ISBN: 9781904558439

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2652

Norbert Elias's important work on the modern sociology of sport.
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An essay on time

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Univ College Dublin Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 172

View: 2295

Norbert Elias attempts to answer the question, What is time'.
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