Author Archives: Stephen Mennell

Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists – 18 November

At rather short notice, news has reached me (from Paul Coombe) that members of the Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists have been paying careful attention to the ideas of Norbert Elias and to civilising and decivilising processes. They are holding … Continue reading

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Comparative-historical sociology and ‘crackpot realism’

A special issue of the online journal Human Figurations has been published on the theme of ‘Comparative-historical sociology as antidote to the “crackpot realism” of the twenty-first century’. The engaging term ‘crackpot realism’ was coined by C. Wright Mills in … Continue reading

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Abstracts due, ISA World Congress, Toronto 15-21 July 2018

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities Toronto, Canada July 15-21, 2018 Dear Colleagues, There are only ten days left to submit your abstract on-line before the deadline of September 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT.  … Continue reading

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Fashion, beauty and Elias

The journal Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty is looking for contributions to the study of fashion, body, beauty, identity and appearance. This flagship fashion journal of Intellect Books launched 8 years ago, spearheaded a successful series of visual culture … Continue reading

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New Book: Excitement Processes

Jan Haut, Paddy Dolan, Dieter Reicher and Raúl Sánchez García (eds), Excitement Processes : Norbert Elias’s unpublished works on sports, leisure, body, culture (Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2017), 322 pp. ISBN: 9783658149116. This book contains some of the most important of Elias’s writings that … Continue reading

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New Book: The Social Organisation of Marketing: A Figurational Approach

The Social Organisation of Marketing: A Figurational Approach to People, Organisations, and Markets Editors: John Connolly and Paddy Dolan The book examines the social processes which have shaped the development and organisation of various marketing practices and activities, and the … Continue reading

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CfP ISA Toronto 2018: Elias, Habitus and Organizations

ISA XIX World Congress of Sociology, Toronto: CfP RC17 Sociology of Organisation session on “Elias, Habitus and Organizations: Civilizing and decivilizing processes in organizational life” Abstracts must be submitted by 30 September through the ISA conference website. This session focuses on … Continue reading

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Andrew Abbott: Processual Sociology

The prominent and outstanding American sociologist Andrew Abbott – who is, among other things Editor of the American Journal of Sociology – recently published a book entitled Processual Sociology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016). Like his earlier book Time Matters: On Theory and Method (2001), Processual … Continue reading

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ISA Toronto 2018: CfP WARFARE, DISTANCE AND ‘CIVILIZING PROCESS’

RC 56 : Historical Sociology DEADLINE : Abstracts must be submitted by 20 September 20th 2017, through the ISA conference website Combat at a distance is not new and precedes what Elias called “the civilizing process”, but the development and generalization … Continue reading

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ISA XIX World Congress of Sociology, Toronto: CfP RC56 Sessions

Abstract submission is now open for the ISA World Congress next year. Abstracts must be submitted by 30 September through the ISA conference website. ​The sessions include the following topics: Comparative and Historical Sociology of Women’s Careers Confucius’ Trap Figurational … Continue reading

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