What is Sociology?
By (author) Norbert Elias
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What is Sociology? by Norbert Elias
Book DescriptionWhat 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231045513
(278mm x 153mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1984
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Norbert Elias
Civilizing Process, Paperback (May 2000)
* Completely overhauled version of the combined classic texts The History of Manners and State Formation and Civilization. * Revised throughout, updated postscript and bibliography, and line corrections made from the original version. * Contents lists combined and restructured. .
On Civilization, Power and Knowledge, Paperback (February 1998)
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.
Established and the Outsiders, Paperback (November 1994)
Examines the mechanisms of stigmatisation, taboo and gossip, collective fantasy and 'we' and 'they' images which support and reinforce divisions in society. This book not only brings out the important theoretical implications of micro-analysis but also demonstrates the significance of such detailed study analysis for better sociological theory.
Reflections on a Life, Paperback (October 1994)» View all books by Norbert Elias
This book provides a valuable insight into the work and life of Norber Elias - one of the most important social thinkers of the twentieth century. It includes an extended interview with Elias and an autobiographical account which demonstrates the connection between the development of his theories and life experience.
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