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Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory
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Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory

  • Dennis Smith - Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University, UK


May 2001 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Offering a fascinating survey of Norbert 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.

 
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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