Civilisation and Informalisation

Connecting Long-Term Social and Psychic Processes

  • Cas Wouters
  • Michael Dunning

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Civilisation and Informalisation: The Book. Six Chapters by Cas Wouters

  3. Civilisation and Informalisation: The Selection. Six Chapters by Six Authors

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 347-390

About this book


Over the last century and a half, manners and formalities in the West have become less status-ridden, stiff and rigid. Debates around Norbert Elias’ theory of civilising processes gave rise to questions of a change in direction of these patterns. The concept of informalisation, which describes these transformations, was first used to analyse the tumultuous changes of the 1960s and 1970s. This increasing informality, leniency and flexibility, comes hand-in-hand with a growing demand on individuals to self-regulate their emotions.

This book will stimulate debate around the changes in the standards of manners and emotion regulation, and will generate new avenues of enquiry that focus on issues involving informalisation. The chapters shed light on a variety of such moral and political issues over the last 150 years, offering a new and broader scope on the present social condition of humanity. Civilisation and Informalisation will be an important addition for students and scholars of figurational process sociology, and of broader interest to academics across sociology, social psychology and social history.


Elias figurational sociology relational sociology love sexuality mourning death terrorism migration sociology of emotion

Editors and affiliations

  • Cas Wouters
    • 1
  • Michael Dunning
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00797-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00798-0
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