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."
- Norbert Elias - a determined life in uncertain times. Part 2 - the civilizing process
states and courts
psychogenesis and sociogenesis. Part 3 - extensions
- established-outsiders relations and functional democratization
sport and violence
involvement and detachment
the development of the social sciences
humanity as a whole
civilization and decivilization
some principles of process sociology. Afterword
- "Mozart" and "The Germans", "The Symbol Theory"
Elias's reputation in Europe and America
sociology of emotions
"Elias...described here as one of the outstanding social thinkers of the twentieth century. His work and thinking went further, if the chapter scheme is a fair indication - it includes discussion of the theory of knowledge and the sciences and indeed of humanity as a whole."
Books Ireland Oct 1998
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