Norbert Elias: Publications in English

1950 ‘Studies in the Genesis of the Naval Profession’. British Journal of Sociology 1 (4), pp. 291–309.

1950 ‘Inquest on German Jewry’. Review article on Eva G. Reichmann, Hostages of Civilisation: A Study of the Social Causes of Anti-Semitism. Association of Jewish Refugees Information, April, p. 58.

1956 ‘Problems of involvement and detachment’. British Journal of Sociology 7 (2), pp. 226–52.

1962 ‘Marginal Notes’ (poem), Luciad no. 22, p. 4.

1964 ‘The break with traditionalism: report on the discussion’, in Transactions of the Fifth World Congress of Sociology, Washington D.C., September 1962, Vol. III, pp. 51–3. Louvain: International Sociological Association.

1964 ‘Professions’, in Julius Gould and William L. Kolb (eds), A Dictionary of the Social Sciences (New York: Free Press), p. 542.

1965 (with John L. Scotson) The Established and the Outsiders: A Sociological Enquiry into Community Problems (London: Frank Cass).

1966 (with Eric Dunning), ‘Dynamics of sport groups with special reference to football’. British Journal of Sociology 17 (3), pp. 388–402. [Note: The journal editor mistakenly changed the title to read ‘Dynamics of group sports …’]

Reprinted in Dunning, The Sociology of Sport: A Selection of Readings (London: Frank Cass, 1971), and in Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; rev. edn, Dublin: UCD Press, 2008 [Collected Works, vol. 7]).

1969 ‘Sociology and psychiatry’, in S.H. Foulkes and G. Stewart Prince (eds), Psychiatry in a Changing Society (London: Tavistock), pp. 117–44.

1969 (with Eric Dunning) ‘The quest for excitement in leisure’, Society and Leisure: Bulletin for Sociology of Leisure, Education and Culture 2, pp. 50–85. Reprinted in Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; rev. edn, Dublin: UCD Press, 2008 [Collected Works, vol. 7])

1970 African Art from the Collection of Professor Norbert Elias, April 24th–June 14th 1970, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery (Leicester: Leicester Museums).

1970 (with Eric Dunning) ‘The Quest for Excitement in Unexciting Societies’, in Günther Lüschen (ed.), The Cross-Cultural Analysis of Sport and Games (Champaign, IL: Stipes), pp. 31–51. Reprinted in Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; rev. edn, Dublin: UCD Press, 2008 [Collected Works, vol. 7])

1970, ‘Problems of Involvement and Detachment’, shortened version of 1956 British Journal of Sociology essay, in Peter Worsley (ed.), Modern Sociology: Introductory Readings (Harmondsworth: Penguin).

1970, Abstract of: ‘Dynamics of Consciousness within that of Societies’, Sociological Abstracts, 18, Vol. 5, suppl. 9: Abstracts of Papers at the World Congress of the ISA, p 32. [See 1973 below.]

1971 ‘Foreword’, in Eric Dunning (ed.), The Sociology of Sport: A Selection of Readings (London: Frank Cass), pp. xi-xiii. 

1971 ‘The Genesis of Sport as a Sociological Problem’, in Eric Dunning (ed.), The Sociology of Sport: A Selection of Readings (London: Frank Cass), pp 88–115. Reprinted in Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; rev. edn, Dublin: UCD Press, 2008 [Collected Works, vol. 7]).

1971 (with Eric Dunning) ‘Folk Football in Medieval and Early Modern Britain’, in Eric Dunning (ed.), The Sociology of Sport: A Selection of Readings (London: Frank Cass), pp 116–132. Reprinted in Quest for Excitement. Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; rev. edn, Dublin: UCD Press, 2008 [Collected Works, vol. 7])

1971, (with Eric Dunning), ‘Leisure in the Sparetime Spectrum’ [Extract from a paper], in Rolf Albonico and Katherina Pfister-Binz (eds), Soziologie des Sports: Theoretische und methodische Grundlagen. Referate des 10. Magglinger Symposiums, 7. bis 13. September 1969 in Magglingen (Schweiz) (Basel: Birkhäuser). Published in full version in Quest for Excitement. Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; rev. edn, Dublin: UCD Press, 2008 [Collected Works, vol. 7])

1971, ‘Sociology of Knowledge: New Perspectives’, Sociology 5: 2 (1971), pp. 149–68; and 5: 3 (1971), pp. 355–70.

1972, ‘Processes of State Formation and Nation Building’. Transactions of the Seventh World Congress of Sociology, Varna, September 14–19, 1970, vol. 3, pp. 274–84 (Sofia: International Sociological Association).

1972, ‘Theory of Science and History of Science: Comments on a Recent Discussion’, Economy and Society 1: 2 (1972), pp. 117–33.

1973, ‘Dynamics of Consciousness within that of Societies’. Transactions of the Seventh World Congress of Sociology, Varna, September 14-19 1970, vol. 4, pp. 375-83 (Sofia: International Sociological Association).

1974, ‘The Sciences: Towards a Theory’, in Richard Whitley (ed.), Social Processes of Scientific Development (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul), pp. 21–42.

1974, ‘Towards a Theory of Communities’, in Colin Bell and Howard Newby (eds), The Sociology of Community: A Selection of Readings (London: Frank Cass), pp. ix–xli.

1978, The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Über den Prozeβ der Zivilisation. Soziogenetische und psychogenetische Untersuchungen, vol. 1 (Oxford: Blackwell/New York: Urizen Books).

1978, What is Sociology? Translation from German by Stephen Mennell and Grace Morissey of Was ist Soziologie?, with a foreword by Reinhard Bendix (London: Hutchinson).

1978, ‘On Transformations of Aggressiveness’. Translation from German by Johan Goudsblom and Rod Aya of Über den Prozeβ der Zivilisation. Soziogenetische und psychogenetische Untersuchungen, Vol. 1, pp 263–283, revised by the author. Theory and Society 5, pp 227–42

1982, Power and Civility: The Civilizing Process. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Über den Prozeβ der Zivilisation. Soziogenetische und psychogenetische Untersuchungen, vol. 2. (New York, Pantheon Books)

1982, The Civilizing Process: State Formation and Civilization. Identical to preceding item, but published under different title (Oxford: Basil Blackwell).

1982, ‘Civilization and Violence: On the State Monopoly of Physical Violence and Its Infringements’. Revised translation from German by David J. Parent of the tape-recorded lecture on ‘Zivilisation und Gewalt’ held at the 20. Deutschen Soziologentagen in Bremen in 1980. Telos. A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought, 16, pp. 133–54

1982, ‘Scientific Establishments’, in Norbert Elias, Herminío Martins and Richard Whitley (eds.), Scientific Establishments and Hierarchies. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 1982, pp 3–70 (Dordrecht: Reidel).

1982 (with Richard H. Whitley), ‘Introduction’ to Norbert Elias, Herminío Martins and Richard Whitley (eds.), Scientific Establishments and Hierarchies. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 1982, pp. vii–xi (Dordrecht: Reidel).

1982, ‘What is the Role of Scientific and Literary Utopias for the Future?’,  in Limits to the Future. Prescriptions and Predictions in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Essays on the Occasion of the Second NIAS-Lustrum 1981 (Wassenaar: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences [NIAS]), pp. 60–80.

1983, The Court Society. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Die höfische Gesellschaft (1969) (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, and New York: Pantheon Books).

1984, ‘On the Sociogenesis of Sociology’. Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 11, pp. 14–52

1984, ‘Some Remarks on the Problem of Work’, in Aktief, inaktief: de wederzijdse afhankelijkheid van aktieven en inaktieven in een verzorgingsstaat, pp. 5–8 (Noordwijkerhout: Stichting Centrum St. Bavo).

1985, The Loneliness of the Dying. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Über die Einsamkeit der Sterbenden in unseren Tagen (1982), enlarged by the author with the translation of a revised version of a lecture given at a congress in Bad Salzuflen (Oxford: Basil Blackwell).

1986 (with Eric Dunning), Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process (Oxford: Basil Blackwell).

1987, ‘The Retreat of Sociologists into the Present’. Translation from German by Stephen Kalberg and Volker Meja of ‘Über den Rückzug der Soziologen auf die Gegenwart’ (1983), revised and enlarged by the author, Theory, Culture and Society 4: 2–3, pp. 223–49.

1987, ‘The Changing Balance of Power Between the Sexes - A Process-Sociological Study: The Example of the Ancient Roman State’. Original English manuscript re-edited according to the revised German version ‘Wandlungen der Machtbalance zwischen den Geschlechtern. Eine prozeβ soziologische Untersuchung am Beispiel des antiken Römerstaats’ (1986), Theory, Culture and Society 4: 2–3, pp. 287–316

1987, ‘On Human Beings and Their Emotions: A Process-Sociological Essay’, Theory, Culture and Society 4: 2–3, pp. 339–61.

1987, Involvement and Detachment (1983), with a new introduction by the author translated from German by Edmund Jephcott from Engagement und Distanzierung (1983). (Oxford: Basil Blackwell).

1987, ‘The Retreat of Sociologists into the Present’. Reprint of 1987, in Volker Meja et al. (eds), Modern German Sociology (New York: Columbia University Press).

1988, ‘Violence and Civilization: The State Monopoly of Physical Violence and its Infringements’. Translation from German of ‘Zivilisation und Gewalt. Über das Staatsmonopol der körperlichen Gewalt und seine Durchbrechungen’ (1981), in J. Keane (ed.), Civil Society and the State: New European Perspectives (London: Verso).

1989, ‘The Symbol Theory’, Theory, Culture and Society 6, pp. 169–217, 339–83 and 499–537.

1990, ‘Fear of Death’, in Hans G. Kippenberg, Yme B. Kuiper and Andy F. Sanders (eds), Concepts of Person in Religion and Thought, (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter) pp. 159–70.

1991, The Symbol Theory. New edition of 1989, with a new introduction by the author and a preface by Richard Kilminster (London: Sage). 

1991, The Society of Individuals. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Die Gesellschaft der Individuen (1987) (Oxford: Blackwell).

1991, ‘On Human Beings and Their Emotions: A Process-Sociological Essay’. Reprint of 1987, in Mike Featherstone, Mike Hepworth and Bryan S. Turner (eds), The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory (London: Sage), pp. 103–25.

1992, Time: An Essay. Translation (in part) from German by Edmund Jephcott of Über die Zeit: Arbeiten zur Wissenssoziologie II (1984). (Oxford: Blackwell).

1993, Mozart: Portrait of a Genius. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Mozart: Zur Soziologie eines Genies (1991) (Cambridge: Polity Press).

1994, The Civilizing Process: Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations. New one-volume edition of 1978 and 1982 (Oxford: Basil Blackwell). NOTE: This edition, produced by a careless scanning of the earlier two-volume edition, contains many errors.

1994, The Established and the Outsiders: A Sociological Enquiry into Community Problems. New edition of 1965, enlarged with the original English manuscript of an Introduction published in Dutch translation in 1976 (London, Sage).

1994, Reflections on a Life. Translation (in part) from German by Edmund Jephcott of Über sich selbst; for the biographical interview (first published in Dutch in 1984) the original English manuscript was used (Cambridge: Polity Press).

1995, ‘Technization and Civilization’, Theory, Culture and Society 12: 3, pp 7–42. Translation from German by Frank Pollock, edited by and with a foreword (pp. 1–5) by Stephen Mennell.

1996, The Germans: Power Struggles and the Development of Habitus in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Translation from the German by Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell of Studien über die Deutschen. Machtkämpfe und Habitusentwicklung im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (1989) and with a preface by the translators (pp. vii–xvi) (Cambridge: Polity Press).

1997, ‘Towards a Theory of Social Processes’, edited by Eric Dunning and Robert van Krieken, British Journal of Sociology, 48: 3, pp.  355–83.

1998, Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell).

1998, ‘Idea and Individual’. Translation from German by Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell of Idee und Individuum: Ein Beitrag zur Philosophie der Geschichte, D. Phil. Thesis, Universität Breslau (1924), pp 1-4. In: Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds.), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 5–7.

1998, ‘On Primitive Art’. Translation from German by Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell of Verhandlungen des Sechsten Deutschen Soziologentages vom 17. zu 19. September 1928 in Zürich (1929), (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr,1929), pp. 281–4, in Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 8–11.

1998, ‘The Expulsion of the Huguenots from France’. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of ‘Die Vertreibung der Hugenotten aus Frankreich’ (1935), in Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 18–25.

1998, ‘The Kitsch Style and the Age of Kitsch’. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of ‘Kitschstil und Kitschzeitalter’ (1935), in Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 26–31. 

1998, ‘Group Charisma and Group Disgrace’. Paper presented at the Fifteenth German Sociological Congress, Heidelberg, in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Max Weber, Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 104–12.

1998, ‘On the Concept of Everyday Life’. Translated from German by Edmund Jephcott of ‘Zum Begriff des Alltags’ (1978), in Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 166–74.

1998, ‘Renate Rubinstein’. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of ‘Vorwort’. In: Renate Rubinstein, Nichts zu verlieren und dennoch Angst. Notizen nach einer Trennung (1980), in Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 186–8.

1998, ‘The Civilizing of Parents’. Translation by Robert van Krieken from German of ‘Die Zivilisierung der Eltern’ (1980), in Johan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell (eds), The Norbert Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 189–211.

1998, On Civilization, Power, and Knowledge: Selected Writings, edited and with an introduction by Stephen Mennell and Johan Goudsblom [The Heritage of Sociology Series] (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

2000, The Civilizing Process: Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations. Heavily revised and corrected edition of 1994 (Oxford: Blackwell).

2001, The Society of Individuals. Reprint of 1991 (New York: Continuum).

2001, The Loneliness of the Dying. Reprint of 1985 (New York: Continuum).

2001, ‘On the Sociology of German Anti-Semitism’, Journal of Classical Sociology, 1: 2, pp. 219–25

2006, Early Writings. Translation from German by Edmund Jephcott of Frühschriften  (Dublin: University College Dublin Press [Collected Works Vol. 1]).

2006, The Court Society. New critical edition of 1983  (Dublin: University College Dublin Press [Collected Works Vol. 2]).

2007, Involvement and Detachment. New critical edition of 1987  (Dublin: University College Dublin Press [Collected Works, vol. 8]).

2007, The Genesis of the Naval Profession (Dublin: UCD Press).

2007, An Essay on Time. New critical edition of 1992 [Collected Works, vol. 9] (Dublin: University College Dublin Press).

2008, The Established and the Outsiders (with John L. Scotson), revised and enlarged edition (Dublin: UCD Press [Collected Works, vol. 4]).

2008, Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilising Process (with Eric Dunning), revised and enlarged edition of 1986 (Dublin: UCD Press [Collected Works, vol. 7]). 

2008, ‘Power and Civilisation’, Journal of Power, 1: 2, pp. 135–42.

2008, Essays II: On Civilising Processes, State Formation and National Identity (Dublin: University College Dublin Press [Collected Works, vol. 15]).

2009, Essays III: On Sociology and the Humanities (Dublin: University College Dublin Press [Collected Works, vol. 16]).

2009, Essays I: On the Sociology of Knowledge and the Sciences (Dublin: University College Dublin Press [Collected Works, vol. 14]).

2010, ‘The Loneliness of the Dying’ [excerpt from the book of that title], in Anthony Giddens and Philip W. Sutton (eds), Sociology: Introductory Readings, 3rd edn (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010), pp.196–8.

2010,  The Society of Individuals (Dublin: UCD Press, 2010 [Collected Works, vol. 10). Edited by Robert van Krieken.

2010, Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art (Dublin: UCD Press, 2010 [Collected Works, vol. 12]). Edited by Eric Baker and Stephen Mennell.

2011,  The Symbol Theory (Dublin: UCD Press, 2011 [Collected Works, vol. 13]). Edited by Richard Kilminster.

2012, On the Process of Civilisation: Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations  (Dublin: UCD Press, 2012 [Collected Works, vo. 3]). Edited by Stephen Mennell, Eric Dunning, Johan Goudsblom and Richard Kilminster.  

2012, What is Sociology? (Dublin: UCD Press, 2012 [Collected Works, vol.5]). Edited by Artur Bogner, Katie Liston and Stephen Mennell.

2013, Studies on the Germans (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013 [Colleted Works, vol. 11]). Edited by Stephen Mennell and Eric Dunning

2013, Interviews and Autobiographical Reflections (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013 [Collected Works, vol. 17]). Edited by Edmund Jephcott, Richard Kilminster, Katie Liston and Stephen Mennell.


Collected Works 

Patron: Sir Keith Thomas, FBA

GeneraL Editor: Stephen Mennell

Editorial Advisory Board: Richard Kilminster (Chair), Eric Dunning, Johan Heilbron, Robert van Krieken

 

List in volume order

1        Early Writings, trans. Edmund Jephcott; edited by Richard Kilminster (2006). xx + 136 pp.  

2        The Court Society, trans. Edmund Jephcott; edited by Stephen Mennell (2006). xvi + 331 pp.

3        On the Process of Civilisation, trans. Edmund Jephcott; edited by Stephen Mennell, Eric Dunning, Johan Goudsblom and Richard Kilminster (2012). xxii + 654 pp.

4        The Established and the Outsiders, by norbert elias and john l. scotson, edited by Cas Wouters (2008). xx + 244 pp.

5        What is Sociology? trans. Grace Morriseey, Stephen Mennell and Edmund Jephcott; edited by Artur Bogner, Katie Liston and Stephen Mennell (2012). xviii + 136 pp.

6        The Loneliness of the Dying AND Humana Conditio, trans. Edmund Jephcott; edited by Alan and Brigitte Scott (2009). xxii + 250 pp.

7        Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilising Process, by norbert elias and eric dunning, edited by Eric Dunning (2008). xvi + 320 pp.

8        Involvement and Detachment, edited by Stephen Quilley (2007). xvi + 252 pp.

9        An Essay on Time, edited by Steven Loyal and Stephen Mennell (2007). xvi + 172 pp.

10      The Society of Individuals, trans. Edmund Jephcott; edited by Robert van Krieken (2010) xxvi +193 pp.

11      Studies on the Germans: Power Struggles and the Development of Habitus in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, trans. and edited by Stephen Mennell and Eric Dunning (2013). xxvii + 529 pp.

12      Mozart, and Other Essays on Courtly Culture, trans. Edmund Jephcott; edited by Eric Baker and Stephen Mennell (2010). xviii + 187 pp.   [Includes two essays, on Watteau and on German baroque poetry.]

13     The Symbol Theory, edited by Richard Kilminster (2011). xxvi +193 pp.

14     Essays I: On the Sociology of Knowledge and the Sciences, edited by Richard Kilminster and Stephen Mennell (2009). xxviii + 316 pp.

15      Essays II: On Civilising Processes, State Formation and National Identity, edited by Richard Kilminster and Stephen Mennell (2008). xxii + 288 pp.

16      Essays III: On Sociology and the Humanities, edited by Richard Kilminster and Stephen Mennell (2009). xxiv + 312pp.

17      Interviews and Autobiographical Reflections, edited by Edmund Jephcott, Richard Kilminster, Katie Liston and Stephen Mennell (2013). xx + 332 pp. 

18      Supplements and Index to the Collected Works, edited by Stephen Mennell, Marc Joly and Katie Liston (2014). xiv + 258 pp.  [Includes two unpublished essays: ‘Freud’s concept of society and beyond it’, and ‘Lucien Lévy-Bruhl and “the question of the logical unity of humankind”’.]

 

Supplementary volume

          The Genesis of the Naval Profession, largely drawn from unpublished papers, edited by René Moelker and Stephen Mennell xii + 172 pp.