Category Archives: Discussion

Habermas and Elias

I’m in the middle of looking at what Habermas means by ‘refeudalization’ (in The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere), and it turns on his conception of ‘representative publicity’, one of his even more inelegant terms – the thing is … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | Leave a comment

A history of Western music from an Eliasian perspective

Olle Edström, Professor of Musicology at Göteborg University, has written a history of Western music from an Eliasian perspective. Details are: A Different Story: Aesthetics and the History of Western Music (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2008). 309 pp. ISBN 978-1-57647-123-4. … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | Leave a comment

Elias/Thermodynamics/Darwin (with some comments on ANT)

Greetings all, I have a couple quick questions but, first, a quick response to a previous post on Elias and ANT. Unfortunately, I don’t know any secondary lit on ANT (at all!) but there no small amount on the relationship … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | 1 Comment

“Artingstore” and “Fornalini”

In the essay “Technisation and Civilisation” (Theory, Culture & Society 12 (3) 1995: 7-42), Elias refers to pioneers of aviation including “Artingstore and Cayley in England, Ader and Pénaud in France, Fornalini in Italy (with a propeller-driven plane), and Otto … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | 1 Comment

Elias, Actor-Network Theory and Neo-liberalism

A couple of brief questions in the hope of some answers … 1. Does anyone know of work on Elias and Actor-Network theory? The ISI ‘web of knowledge’ only produces articles by Robert and myself. Is there nothing more …. … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | 6 Comments

Civilizing Security

A book recently published by two criminologists, Ian Loader and Neil Walker, titled Civilizing Security(CUP, 2007), aims to provide some useful reflections on the way that the state manages security in the world today. Essentially their argument is both that … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | 2 Comments

Desperately seeking pigeons

Eric Dunning recently recalled having written an article with Norbert Elias on the popular working-class hobby of pigeon racing, sometime in the late 1960s, which he thought had been published in an American magazine, probably Newsweek. If that were so, … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | Leave a comment

Anti-War Film

My 58 minute anti-war film will begin playing nationwide on June 4, and about 20 more times in June and July. Crying is a subtext of the film; there is a lot of crying in it, and some of members … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | 2 Comments

Concrete and Abstract: Elias, Cooley, Freud, and Goffman

My iron law of all online forums is that they first blossom then wither. So be it. This is my attempt to stave off the process on this forum for a while. Among the many strokes of genius in Elias’s … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | 8 Comments

Elias: Law Versus ‘Structured Change’

Hi All, The issue, recently raised in relation to the debate on sociogenesis, of the notion of ‘law’ in Elias’ thought is an interesting one, and i think it can be usefully clarified by appeal to Elias’ “The Society of … Continue reading

Posted in Discussion | Leave a comment