Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Norbert Elias: A proposed intellectual portrait for the 20th anniversary of his passing (1990-2010)

Jordi Collet-Sabé

Resum


In the summer of 1990, one of the most eminent sociologists of the 20th century, the
German Norbert Elias, died in Amsterdam. His profoundly interwoven life and work are
a reflection of the complexity the light and shade of the past century. With this
proposed intellectual portrait on the 20th anniversary of his death, we are attempting
offer a snapshot a figure and a body of work which, because of its magnitude and
originality, undoubtedly deserves to be considered among the most important in
sociology. As the thread running through this portrait, we propose a combination of the
physical and symbolic places, spaces and people, events and connections that marked a
long life and academic career which was little known and largely unrecognised until his
later years. It is a career which unquestionably constitutes one of the most outstanding
and attractive legacies that the sociology of the past century has passed on to new
generations of social science researchers.

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