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Palgrave Macmillan

Norbert Elias and Empirical Research

ISBN 9781137312136
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Norbert Elias has been recognized as one of the key social scientists of the 20th century. He is particularly well known for his book The Civilizing Process, his discussions on sport and violence and, more largely, his figurational approach. This book addresses many important topics by using Elias´s framework—such as literature, capital punishment, prisons, sexual violence, life and death, court, State Formation, relations between the sexes and sports—thus showing the richness of his analytical tools.

Tatiana Savoia Landini is Associate Professor of Sociology at Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

François Dépelteau is Associate Professor of Sociology at Laurentian University, Canada.

1. Therapeutic Culture and Self-help Literature. The 'positive psychology' Code; Helena Béjar
2. Elias and Literature (Psychogenesis of Brazil in French Books for Young People); Andréa Borges Leão
3. The Civilization of Capital Punishment in France; Emmanuel Taïeb
4. Civilizing and Decivilizing Characteristics of the Contemporary Penal Field; John Pratt
5. Jurists, Police, Doctors and Psychologists - Discussing Sexual Violence in 20th-century Brazil; Tatiana Savoia Landini
6. Civilising 'life itself': Elias and Foucault; Dominique Memmi
7. The New Style: Etiquette During the Exile of the Portuguese Court in Rio de Janeiro (1808-1821); Jurandir Malerba
8. Principal Elements of Ottoman State-formation Process Through Eliasian Perspective; Irem Ozgoren Kinli
9. The Metamorphoses of the Dacha: Some Processual Thinking; François Dépelteau and Ronan Hervouet
10. Revisiting Relations between the Sexes in Sport on the Island of Ireland; Katie Liston
11. Germany's Special Path to Where? Elias in the Eurozone; Matt Clement
12. Norbert Elias and the Enigma of Time; Jiří Subrt
13. Comparing Norbert Elias and Mikhail Bakhtin – the History of Laughter and the Civilizing Process; Thomas Maxwell Shore

Matt Clement, University of Winchester, UK
Ronan Hervouet, Université de Bordeaux, France
Andréa Borges, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Katie Liston, University of Ulster, UK
Jurandir Malerba, Pontifical Catholic University of Porto Alegre, Brazil
Dominique Memmi, National Center for Scientific Research, France
Irem Ozgoren Kinli, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
John Pratt, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Thomas Maxwell Shore, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Jiří Šubrt, Charles University, Prague
Emmanuel Taïeb, University of Lyon 2, France


"After Norbert Elias and Social Theory, François Dépelteau and Tatiana Savoia Landini continue their beautiful effort to diffuse the thought of Norbert Elias by showing its actuality with Norbert Elias and Empirical Research. With his figurational and processual sociology, the German sociologist refused the separation between the historical, the psychological, and the social, and invited the researchers not to abandon empirical inquiry. These messages have been perfectly heard by the researchers who contributed to this book." – Bernard Lahire, Professor of Sociology, Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, France
"This book provides an original and insightful collection of theoretically informed empirical essays using the work of Elias. It is strongly recommended." - Steven Loyal, Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology, University College Dublin, Ireland
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