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Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory by Dennis Smith
  

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Norbert Elias and Modern Social Theory by Dennis Smith

Offering a fascinating survey of Norbert 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.

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Dennis Smith is Professor of Sociology at the University of Loughborough

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Publication date

8th November 2000

Author

Dennis Smith

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
208 pages

Categories

Sociology & anthropology

ISBN

9780761961079

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