Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport

Systematizing Figurational Sociology
Routledge (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 14. Januar 2020
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 170 Seiten
978-0-367-47342-6 (ISBN)
In times when the social sciences have become increasingly fragmented and more focused on 'the pieces of the puzzle', the puzzle, as a topic in its own right, has slowly been moved towards the background. Nonetheless, as humanity becomes ever more globalized, there is a greater need for in-depth discussion on the theory behind the direction of humanity in history and the interrelationships between the different areas in which humans associate, including that of leisure and sport.

At its heart, Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport explains both the course of history and how the roles that leisure and sport have occupied in it should be investigated. Exploring this from Norbert Elias' figurational (or process sociological) standpoint,the bookoffers a unique perspective asVan Gestelapproaches the theoretical concepts and ideas by systematizing the views of the iconic scholar and offers new insights into his central theory. Furthermore, drawing upon theoretical principles that are universal to humans rather than relative to a case study, Van Gestel offers an applicable guideline which explains phenomena beyond specific cultures or circumstances that have so far been a customary practice by process sociologists.

Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport is a valuable title which will appeal to postgraduate students and scholars interested in fields such as social studies, leisure and sport studies, and history.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
  • 2 s/w Tabellen, 23 s/w Photographien bzw. Rasterbilder, 23 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 23 Halftones, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white; 23 Illustrations, black and white
  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
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  • Dicke: 16 mm
  • 278 gr
978-0-367-47342-6 (9780367473426)
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Joannes Van Gestel is a research fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
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Contents of this book

Sociology as a relatively autonomous discipline
Understanding Elias
The uncertainty of the social scientist
Science and knowledge
The complexity and simplicity of reductionism
Sport and sportization

Basic levels of integration - natural and physical constraints
Natural constraints
Physical constraints
Human biological characteristics
The nervous system

Psychological constraints
Components of the psychological make-up
Innate functions
Innate amoral functions
Learned functions
Learned drive-generating functions
Moral functions
Learned drive-resolution functions
'Polymorphous' functions

Social constraints
Power and figurations
On power and games
Types of human social bonds
Economic bonds
Political bonds
Affective bonds
On the (non)existence of cognitive bonds
Types of social enclaves
The commingling of constraints and the tasks of the sociologist
The variables of the sociologist
On problems with the artificial macro-meso-micro categorization
Defining identities and social units
The direction of social processes
Blind social processes
(un)Intended actions and consequences

On the civilizing directions of history
In The Civilizing Process
Towards a theory of civilizing, decivilizing and informalizing processes
On the extent of civilizing processes
The principles of civilizing processes

The Spare time spectrum and the need for deroutinization
Process sociology and (de)routinization in social enclaves
The process of deroutinization

The investigation of historical processes in sport and leisure
The philosopher's approach
The conventional approach of the sociologist
The creation of an optimal tension balance in sport
Towards a reorientation of the concept of sportization
Subject and author index

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