The Body and Social Theory

The Body and Social Theory

Unrivalled in its clarity and coverage, this sparkling new edition of Chris Shilling’s classic text is a masterful account of the emergence and development of body matters in sociology and related disciplines.

Author: Chris Shilling

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780857025333

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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Unrivalled in its clarity and coverage, this sparkling new edition of Chris Shilling’s classic text is a masterful account of the emergence and development of body matters in sociology and related disciplines. A timely, well reasoned response to current concerns and controversies across the globe, the Third Edition of The Body and Social Theory has been revised and updated, with new discussions of ‘action network theory’, bodywork, pragmatism, the global resurgence of religious identities, ‘new genetics’, biological citizenship, and figurations of the living and dead.
Categories: Social Science

Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Offering a fascinating survey of Elias's life and writings, Dennis Smith traces the growth of his reputation.

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761961089

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Offering a fascinating survey of Elias's life and writings, Dennis Smith traces the growth of his reputation. He is the first author to confront Elias's work with the contrasting theories of Talcott Parsons, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault and Zygmunt Bauman. He also illustrates how Elias's insights can be applied to understand Western modernity and social and political change. Smith shows why Elias is important for sociology, but he is also clear sighted about the limitations of Elias's approach.
Categories: Social Science

Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Elias, N. (1984) `On the sociogenesis of sociology', Sociologisch Tiidchrift, 11 (1): 1452; originally published in 1962 ... the sexes ± a process-sociological study: the example of the ancient Roman state', Theory, Culture and Society, ...

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761961079

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Offering a fascinating survey of Elias's life and writings, Dennis Smith traces the growth of his reputation. He is the first author to confront Elias's work with the contrasting theories of Talcott Parsons, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault and Zygmunt Bauman. He also illustrates how Elias's insights can be applied to understand Western modernity and social and political change. Smith shows why Elias is important for sociology, but he is also clear sighted about the limitations of Elias's approach.
Categories: Social Science

The Established and the Outsiders

The Established and the Outsiders

This new edition of this classic text from one of the major figures of world sociology includes an introduction published in English for the first time.

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0803979495

Category: Social Science

Page: 199

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This new edition of this classic text from one of the major figures of world sociology includes an introduction published in English for the first time. In Norbert Elias's hands, a local community study of tense relations between an established group and outsiders becomes a microcosm that illuminates a wide range of sociological configurations including racial, ethnic, class and gender relations. The Established and the Outsiders examines the mechanisms of stigmatization, taboo and gossip, monopolization of power, collective fantasy and `we' and `they' images which support and reinforce divisions in society. Developing aspects of Elias's thinking that relate his work to current sociological concerns, it presents the
Categories: Social Science

Norbert Elias and Social Theory

Norbert Elias and Social Theory

1987b. “The Retreat of Sociologists into the Present.” Theory, Culture, and Society 4: 223–247. ———. 1996. The Germans. Oxford: Blackwell. ———. 2000. The Civilizing Process.Oxford: Blackwell. ———. 2001. The Society ofIndividuals.

Author: François Dépelteau

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137312112

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 330

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This book will compare the approach and works of Norbert Elias, well known for his analysis of the civilizing process, his work on sport and violence and, more largely, his figurational approach, with other important social theories both classical and contemporary.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Informalization

Informalization

"This book shows that manners, far from being superficial adornments of behaviour, are thoroughly interwoven with our personalities and the structures of our societies.

Author: Cas Wouters

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781848606111

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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"This book shows that manners, far from being superficial adornments of behaviour, are thoroughly interwoven with our personalities and the structures of our societies. The concept of ‘informalization’ provides both an invaluable addition to Norbert Elias’s theory of civilizing processes and a most useful tool for understanding how changes in manners are related to shifts in the balances of power between social classes, sexes, and generations" - Johan Goudsblom, University of Amsterdam "Cas Wouters stakes out a powerful theory about changes in human relationships in the Western world over the past twelve decades... essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary human condition." - Theory and Society "It is written in clear, unequivocal language, abounds with detail and replaces many normative statements about the alienating state of contemporary, capitalist, mass-consumption-oriented bureaucracy.... A nuanced, subtle and theoretically informed analysis of the sometimes quite chaotic civilising process of the last century' - Figurations This original book explains the sweeping changes to twentieth-century regimes of manners and self. Broad in scope and deep in analytic reach, it provides a wealth of empirical evidence to demonstrate how changes in the code of manners and emotions in four countries (Germany, Netherlands, England and the US) have undergone increasing informalization. From the growing taboo toward the displays of superiority and inferiority and diminishing social and psychicogical distance between people, it reveals an 'emancipation of emotions' and the new representation of emotion at the centre of personality. This thought-provoking book traces: The increasing permissiveness in public and private manners, such as introductions, the use of personal pronouns, social kissing, dancing, and dating. The ascent and integration of a wide variety of groups - including the working classes, women, youth and immigrants - and the sweeping changes this has imposed on relations of social inferiority and superiority. Shifts in self-regulation that require manners to seem 'natural', at ease and authentic. Rising external social constraints towards being reflexive, showing presence of mind, considerateness, role-taking, and the ability to tolerate and control conflicts. Growing interdependence and social integration, declining power differences and the diminishing social and psychic distance between people. Continuing the analysis of Sex and Manners (SAGE, 2004), this book is a dazzling work of historical sociology.
Categories: Social Science

Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology

Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology

This book endeavours to bring the sociology of Elias to a new and wider audience through offering accessible explanations of some of his key ideas.

Author: Eric Dunning

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780932262

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 239

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This book endeavours to bring the sociology of Elias to a new and wider audience through offering accessible explanations of some of his key ideas.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Consuming Body

The Consuming Body

This is a fascinating examination of the relationship between consumption, the idea of the body and the formation of the self.

Author: Pasi Falk

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781848609723

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This is a fascinating examination of the relationship between consumption, the idea of the body and the formation of the self. In tracing these connections, The Consuming Body develops a profile of individuality in the late twentieth century - in both its bodily and mental aspects. Pasi Falk offers a major synthesis and critical assessment of the debates surrounding the body, the self and contemporary consumer culture. He explores two fundamental issues for modern social theory - the delineation of modern consumption and the body's historically changing position in various cultural orders. In the course of his argument he examines both metaphors of consumption and investigates the issues of representation in advertising and pornography.
Categories: Social Science

On the Frontiers of History

On the Frontiers of History

profound problems faced by twenty-first-century global society. ... civilisational theorists from Vere Gordon Childe (1892–1957) to Norbert Elias (1897–1990), and through them exerted a profound influence on modern social theory.

Author: Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Publisher: ANU Press

ISBN: 9781760463700

Category: History

Page: 246

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Why is it that we so readily accept the boundary lines drawn around nations or around regions like ‘Asia’ as though they were natural and self-evident, when in fact they are so mutable and often so very arbitrary? What happens to people not only when the borders they seek to cross become heavily guarded, but also when new borders are drawn straight through the middle of their lives? The essays in this book address these questions by starting from small places on the borderlands of East Asia and looking outwards from the small towards the large, asking what these ‘minor pasts’ tell us about the grand narratives of history. In the process, it takes the reader on a journey from Renaissance European visions of ‘Tartary’, through nineteenth-century racial theorising, imperial cartography and indigenous experiences of modernity, to contemporary debates about Big History in an age of environmental crisis.
Categories: History

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Civilized Behavior, Centralization of Power, and Functional Interdependence in Norbert Elias's Theory German sociologist Norbert Elias is ... growth of the division of labor—a pattern associated with the evolution of modern societies.

Author: Doyle Paul Johnson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387765228

Category: Social Science

Page: 630

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This volume is designed as a basic text for upper level and graduate courses in contemporary sociological theory. Most sociology programs require their majors to take at least one course in sociological theory, sometimes two. A typical breakdown is between classical and contemporary theory. Theory is perhaps one of the bro- est areas of sociological inquiry and serves as a foundation or framework for more specialized study in specific substantive areas of the field. In addition, the study of sociological theory can readily be related to various aspects of other social science disciplines as well. From the very beginning sociology has been characterized by alternative theoretical perspectives. Classical theory includes the European founding figures of the dis- pline whose works were produced during the later half of the nineteenth century and the first couple of decades of the twentieth century plus early American th- rists. For most of the second half of the twentieth century, a fairly high consensus has developed among American sociologists regarding these major founders, p- ticularly with regard to the works of Durkheim and Weber in analyzing the overall society and of Simmel in analyzing social interaction processes. Since the late 1960s and early 1970s the influence of Marx has also been recognized. Recent decades have also witnessed an increased emphasis on the important contributions of several pioneering feminist perspectives in the early years of sociology.
Categories: Social Science