The civilizing process is a major text in sociology by norbert elias, first published in german in 1939 before being translated into english in 1969, whereupon it received a much wider exposure and significant popularity.
Norbert elias the civilizing process sociogenetic and psychogenetic investigations translated by edmund jephcott with some notes and corrections by the author revised edition edited by uric dunning, johan goudsblom and stephen mennell blackwell publishing contents preface ix.
1 introductory overview since its first publication in 1939, norbert elias's theory of the civilizing process has been both acclaimed and criticized. In the civilizing process norbert elias argues that the process of civilization in not linear and consistent the multiplicity of social groups, as well as the varying and uneven sources of change, have created a variety of social behaviors and formations.
The civilizing process is a mis-mash of material the first half is entitled the history of manners and is of some use, should one want to know how blowing one's nose affected civilization but the second half of the book is discursive to the extreme. Social scientist, norbert elias, examines in part two of his book, the civilizing process, the development of manners and the subsequent ‘civilizing’ of western europe since the middle ages this journey in time is an attempt to understand what actually happened to humanity during several transitional periods.
The civilizing process stands out as norbert elias' greatest work, tracing the civilizing of manners and personality in western europe since the late middle ages by demonstrating how the formation of states and the monopolization of power within them changed western society forever.
The civilizing process is a book by german sociologist norbert elias it is an influential work in sociology and elias' most important work it is an influential work in sociology and elias' most important work.