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Read Stephen Mennell being interviewed about Norbert Elias
in Sociologica, 2014

Read the January 2015 newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation
Norbert Elias died on 1 August 1990.
To mark the twentieth anniversary, the German radio station WDR3
(Westdeutscher Rundfunk 3. Programm) broadcast a fifteen
-minute programme in its daily ZeitZeichen series

You can find out more information about Elias by visiting the Norbert Elias Foundation website

Norbert Elias
An Introduction

Stephen Mennell (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
11th September 1998


The International Sociological Association recently voted Norbert Elias's The Civilizing Process as one of the top ten works of sociology in the twentieth century Elias's masterwork, his other writings, and his influence on the field of sociology are the subjects of this book. It is a readable and thoughtful intellectual portrait of Elias, generally regarded as one of the outstanding social thinkers of this century. His Civilizing Process traced the 'civilizing' of manners and personality in Western Europe since the late Middle Ages, and shows how it was related to the formation of states and the control of violence. His later writings, often scattered about and difficult, range from sport to human relations, through the changing relations between men and women to time, the growth of knowledge and the sciences, to the prospects of nuclear war. Mennell examines the full range of Elias's work and presents it in a cogent and accessible manner, all in a book which is a "pleasure to read."