What Is Sociology? (European Perspectives: a Series in Social Thought & Cultural Ctiticism)

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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 (1897-1990) was one of the greatest sociologists of the twentieth century. He studied in Breslau and Heidelberg and served as Karl Mannheim's assistant in Frankfurt. In exile after 1933, first in France and then in Britain, he wrote his magnum opus On the Process of Civilisation. His whole oeuvre is now appearing in new scholarly editions in the Collected Works in English. Artur Bogner, University of Bayreuth, is a specialist on social development and armed conflicts; Katie Liston is Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport, University of Ulster; Stephen Mennell is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UCD, a member of the Board of the Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam, and General Editor of the Collected Works.

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