Quest for Excitement

Quest for Excitement is a collection of essays, penned mainly by editors Norbert Elias and Eric Dunning, that attempt to fill what they consider a void in modern sociology: the study of sport. In the preface, Dunning outlines the aim of the collection, which is essentially to study sport under the framework of Elias’ famous “civilizing process.” Grossly oversimplified, this theory posits that standards on concepts such as violence...

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Essays I

This book is the first in a three volume collection of some 60 essays published by Elias in the latter half of the 20th century. In this volume Elias develops his sociological theory of knowledge and the sciences - in the plural - to counter what he sees as the inadequacies of traditional philosophical theories. Included are savage attacks on the philosophy of Karl Popper and its damaging influence, a brilliant essay on scientific...

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The Norbert Elias Reader

Norbert Elias was a German-Jewish sociologist who later became a British citizen, though he is often referred to as a Dutch thinker, and made his home in Amsterdam in his latter years.Elias's theory focused on the relationship between power, behavior, emotion, and knowledge over time. He significantly shaped what is called process or figurational sociology. Due to historical circumstances, Elias had long remained a...

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Sociología fundamental

El interés de este libro radica en su propósito central: ofrecer al lector una introducción general a la sociología con todos los elementos que le son propios pero sin caer en las matrices prefiguradas (“individuo”, “sociedad”, “comunidad”, “familia”, “rol”, etc.) que la identifican como ciencia social pero que a la vez constituyen sus más serias trabas conceptuales. Se trata, pues, de una sociología fundamental en...

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Reflections On A Life

Norbert Elias was a German-Jewish sociologist who later became a British citizen, though he is often referred to as a Dutch thinker, and made his home in Amsterdam in his latter years.Elias's theory focused on the relationship between power, behavior, emotion, and knowledge over time. He significantly shaped what is called process or figurational sociology. Due to historical circumstances, Elias had long remained a...

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Über den Prozeß der Zivilisation. Soziogenetische und psychogenetische Untersuchungen

Norbert Elias was a German-Jewish sociologist who later became a British citizen, though he is often referred to as a Dutch thinker, and made his home in Amsterdam in his latter years.Elias's theory focused on the relationship between power, behavior, emotion, and knowledge over time. He significantly shaped what is called process or figurational sociology. Due to historical circumstances, Elias had long remained a...

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Uygarlık Süreci (Book #2)

Norbert Elias was a German-Jewish sociologist who later became a British citizen, though he is often referred to as a Dutch thinker, and made his home in Amsterdam in his latter years.Elias's theory focused on the relationship between power, behavior, emotion, and knowledge over time. He significantly shaped what is called process or figurational sociology. Due to historical circumstances, Elias had long remained a...

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Loneliness of the Dying

A well-written essay about the problem of ageing and dying in contemporary societies. Why are the ageing people so lonely and isolated? Why is death repressed, hidden away in hospitals and asylums? It may seem simple for some, but it's an interesting and topical issue. Elias, if you ask me, uses too much Freudian psychology and social evolutionism in his analysis. A more accurate historical comparison between contemporary society and "old" or...

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