Civilisation and Informalisation

Connecting Long-Term Social and Psychic Processes

Editors: Wouters, Cas, Dunning, Michael (Eds.)

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  • Brings together and extends some of Wouters' seminal work on  ‘informalisation’ in modern societies 
    Differs from the mainstream perspectives  of the sociology of emotions and  the sociology of the body,  focussing on  long-term, processual macro-perspectives
    The structure of the chapters takes the reader from the more general, comprehensive and metatheoretical to empirical applications in particular subfields

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Over the last century and a half, manners and formalities in the West have become less status-ridden, stiff and rigid. Debates around Norbert Elias’ theory of civilising processes gave rise to questions of a change in direction of these patterns. The concept of informalisation, which describes these transformations, was first used to analyse the tumultuous changes of the 1960s and 1970s. This increasing informality, leniency and flexibility, comes hand-in-hand with a growing demand on individuals to self-regulate their emotions.

This book will stimulate debate around the changes in the standards of manners and emotion regulation, and will generate new avenues of enquiry that focus on issues involving informalisation. The chapters shed light on a variety of such moral and political issues over the last 150 years, offering a new and broader scope on the present social condition of humanity. Civilisation and Informalisation will be an important addition for students and scholars of figurational process sociology, and of broader interest to academics across sociology, social psychology and social history.


About the authors

Cas Wouters is Professor Emeritus, Department of General Social Science, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 

 

Michael Dunning is Lecturer, Department of Media, Communications and Sociology, University of Leicester, UK. 

 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Informalisation: An Introduction

    Wouters, Cas

    Pages 3-34

  • Informalisation and Evolution: Four Phases in the Development of Steering Codes

    Wouters, Cas

    Pages 35-51

  • Informalisation and Emancipation of Lust and Love: Integration of Sexualisation and Eroticisation since the 1880s

    Wouters, Cas

    Pages 53-80

  • Informalisation of Rituals in Dying and Mourning: Changes in the We–I Balance

    Wouters, Cas

    Pages 81-116

  • Informalisation, Functional Democratisation, and Globalisation

    Wouters, Cas

    Pages 117-160

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civilisation and Informalisation
Book Subtitle
Connecting Long-Term Social and Psychic Processes
Editors
  • Cas Wouters
  • Michael Dunning
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00798-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00798-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00797-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 390
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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