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.
|Series:||Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.45(d)|
About the Author
Dennis Smith is Professor of Sociology at the University of Loughborough
Table of Contents
PART ONE: MODERNITY AND ELIASThe Sound of Canon-FireCulture and CivilizationPART TWO: THE WIDER DEBATEArendt and EliasParsons and EliasFoucault and EliasBauman and EliasPART THREE: TOWARDS GLOBAL MODERNITYEuropeShameA Civilized Debate