Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

by Dennis Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761961089

ISBN-13: 9780761961086

Pub. Date: 01/26/2001

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761961086
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/26/2001
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: MODERNITY AND ELIAS
The Sound of Canon-Fire
Culture and Civilization
PART TWO: THE WIDER DEBATE
Arendt and Elias
Parsons and Elias
Foucault and Elias
Bauman and Elias
PART THREE: TOWARDS GLOBAL MODERNITY
Europe
Shame
A Civilized Debate

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