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The civilizing process : sociogenetic and psychogenetic investigations
Elias, Norbert, 1897-1990.
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√úber den Prozess der Zivilisation. English
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
Physical Description:
xviii, 567 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Central Library CB83 .E413 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Civilizing Process stands out as Norbert Elias' greatest work, tracing the "civilizing" of manners and personality in Western Europe since the late Middle Ages by demonstrating how the formation of states and the monopolization of power within them changed Western society forever.

Author Notes

Norbert Elias (1897-1990) taught at the University of Frankfurt until his exile from Hitler's Germany. In Britain, he worked at the Universities of London and Leicester, and in retirement was visiting professor in Ghana, Amsterdam, Munster, Bielefeld and many other universities. By the time of his death he was recognized as one of the outstanding social scientists of the twentieth century. His previous Blackwell books include: The Norbert Elias Reader, The Court Society, The Loneliness of the Dying, Involvement and Detachment, Time: An Essay, The Society of Individuals and, with Eric Dunning, Quest for Excitement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements to the English Translation
Editors' Note to the Revised Translation
Volume I Changes in the Behaviour of The Secular Upper Classes in the West
Part I On the Sociogenesis of the Concepts of "Civilisation" and "Culture"
1 Sociogenesis of the Antithesis Between Kultur and Zivilization in German Usage
1 Introduction
2 The Development of the Antithesis Between Kultur and Zivilization
3 Examples of Courtly Attitudes in Germany
4 The Middle Class and the Court Nobility in Germany
5 Literary Examples of the Relationship of the German Middle-Class Intelligentsia to the Court
6 The Recession of the Social and the Advance of the National Element in the Antithesis Between Kultur and Zivilization
2 Sociogenesis of the Concept of Civilisation in France
7 Introduction
8 Sociogenesis of Physiocratism and the French Reform Movement
Part II Civilization as a Specific Transformation of Human Behaviour
9 The History of the Concept of Civilite
10 On Medieval Manners
11 The Problem of Change in Behaviour during the Renaissance
12 On Behaviour at Table
13 Changes in Attitude Towards the Natural Functions
14 On Blowing One's Nose
15 On Spitting
16 On Behaviour in the Bedroom
17 Changes in Attitude Towards the Relations Between Men and Women
18 On Changes in Aggressiveness
19 Scenes From the Life of a Knight
Volume II State Formation and Civilization
Part III Feudalization and State Formation:.Introduction
20 Survey of Courtly Society
21 A Prospective Glance at the Sociogenesis of Absolutism
1 Dynamics of Feudalization
22 Introduction
23 Centralizing and Decentralizing Forces in the Medieval Power Figuration
24 The Increase in Population after the Migration
25 Some Observations on the Sociogenesis of the Crusades
26 The Internal Expansion of Society: The Formation of New Social Organs and Instruments

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