New PDF release: Reflexive Historical Sociology (Routledge Studies in Social

By Arpa Szakolczai

ISBN-10: 0415190517

ISBN-13: 9780415190510

This ebook reconstructs and brings jointly the paintings of a few social and political theorists with a view to achieve new perception at the emergence and personality of recent Western society. It examines the intersection element of social idea and old sociology in a brand new theoretical technique referred to as "reflexive old sociology". there's research of the works of Max Weber, Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, Eric Voegelin and a few others. The e-book is split into 3 components. half 1 examines the works of Eric Voegelin, Norbert Elias, Lewis Mumford and Franz Borkenau. half 2 is anxious with the main conceptual instruments comparable to adventure, liminality, strategy, symbolisation, figuration, order, dramatisation and reflexivity, and issues reminiscent of the heritage of types of proposal, subjectivity, wisdom and closed house and controlled time. ultimately, the booklet examines crucial insights of the thinkers mentioned, about the ancient approaches that resulted in modernity.

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For him, the choice of discipline came before the project and was never again questioned. Once his family overcame the financial difficulties caused by the First World War and Elias could resume his studies, he went to Heidelberg and made a definite commitment to sociology. The firmness of this decision and the way in which he never looked back to his past must have been very much conditioned by the peculiar, two-year long liminal period separating his earlier and later involvement. 1924 The exact conditions and consequences of this decision require a few explanatory comments.

A major opportunity lost, in terms of both reception and self-reflexion, was the publication of a French edition of the two main works. Between 1973 and 1975, Callman-Lévy published both volumes of The Civilizing Process and also The Court Society. The French interest is not surprising given the themes of the books and Elias’s general attachment to things French. The books were quite well received by major French intellectual figures (Goudsblom 1977:68–72; Eribon 1994:343, fn 3). Elias had the opportunity to produce a new preface, but in fact the first volume was published without either the Introduction or the Preface.

Furthermore, the Eichmann trial in 1961 induced him, just like Hannah Arendt, to a series of reflections that led to the first version of ‘Civilization and Violence’. But none of these saw print. The decisive impetus to commit himself to a long-term research project came in the autumn of 1977 (Schröter 1997:278). It was soon followed by a stream of related publications and in the last decade of his life remained one of the central preoccupations for Elias, eventually leading to the publication of his book The Germans, one of his conclusive statements.

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