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Explaining Modern Social Reality

The Basic Concepts in Norbert Elias's Figurational Sociology

Few thinkers have contributed more to the understanding of modern civilization than Norbert Elias. Given the significance and relevance of his ideas in explaining social reality, this book seeks to make his complex concepts more accessible. A biographical account of his life (1897-1990) facilitates the comprehension of Elias's concepts. Elias's most famous work, "The Civilizing Process", is the focus of this discussion of his theoretical frameworks, with class structure, the patterns of behavior, and the role of the state as key factors. The book also dedicates special treatment to figurational sociology, an important research field linked especially to Elias.

Elias was an innovator. He criticized accepted concepts and introduced numerous new constructs (habitus is perhaps the best known) discussed in this book. Respective chapters review Elias's theory of knowledge, the concept of de-civilization—with an emphasis on violence, his analysis of nations and nationalism, and emotions—and his focus on shame.

Elias borrowed ideas from iconic figures in philosophy and the social sciences such as Edmund Husserl, Karl Mannheim, Max Weber, Sigmund Freud, and Talcott Parsons. This book describes the characteristic way Elias interprets them. The book concludes with an overview of the most significant critiques of Norbert Elias's work.

About the Authors

Kire Sharlalamov is a full professor of Sociology at the International Balkan University. He is the author of several books in the field of Sociology, including "Populism and Meta Ideology" published in 2022. Currently Prof. Sharlamanov is the editor of Sociological Review, published by the Association of Sociologists of Macedonia and the Institute of Sociology and Law and Politics, published by the Faculty of Philosophy at the International Balkan University. Jana Petreska has a master's degree in clinical psychology with work experience at the International Balkan University. She currently works at Psyent.


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