What is Sociology?
What is Sociology? presents in concise and provocative form the major ideas of a seminal thinker whose work--spanning more than four decades--is only now gaining the recognition here it has long had in Germany and France. Unlike other post-war sociologists, Norbert Elias has always held the concept of historical development among his central concerns; his dynamic theories of the evolution of modern man have remedied the historical and epistemological shortcomings of structualism and ethno-methodology.
What is Sociology? refines the arguments that were first found in Elias' massive work on the civilizing process, in which he formulated his major assertions about the interdependence of the making of modern man and modern society.
It is Elias' contention that changes in personality structure--embodied in phenomena ranging from table manners and hygiene habits to rites of punishment and courtly love--inevitably reflect and mould patterns of control generated by new political and social instututions. Elias' rejection of a dichotomy between individual and society, and his use of psychoanalysis, political theory, and social history, help restore a fullness of resource to sociology.
Sociology the questions asked by Comte
From a philosophical to a sociological theory of knowledge
From nonscientific to scientific knowledge
The scientific investigation of the sciences
Universal features of human society
The need for new means of speaking and thinking
A critique of sociological categories
The personal pronouns as a figurational model
The concept of figuration
Human interdependencies problems of social bonds
Political and economic bonds
The development of the concept of development
Sociology as a relatively autonomous science
The problem of scientific specialization
The sociologist as a destroyer of myths
model of a contest without rules
models of interweaving processes with norms
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