Excitement Processes

Norbert Elias's unpublished works on sports, leisure, body, culture

  • Jan Haut
  • Paddy Dolan
  • Dieter Reicher
  • Raúl Sánchez García

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dieter Reicher, Jan Haut, Raúl Sánchez García, Paddy Dolan
      Pages 3-20
  3. Section 1: Leisure and Culture

  4. Section 2: Sportisation and ‘Modernisation’

  5. Section 3: Sport, Violence and State Formation

  6. Section 4: The Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Norbert Elias
      Pages 277-285
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Stephen Mennell
      Pages 307-314
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-322

About this book


The book focuses on major aspects of Norbert Elias's social theory through research on supposed “minor” topics, such as manners, sports, leisure and cultural practices. While many of his publications became essential for scholars in the different disciplines concerned, the development of the figurational approach towards these fields was not always completed. The edited volume picks up some lose ends by including archive manuscripts by Elias on the genesis of sport, developments of cultural practices, and the sociology of the body, which are published here for the very first time. Based on critical reviews of these texts, international experts show how the new material adds up to Elias’s oeuvre and how it can be fruitfully applied to current research. 

  • Leisure and culture
  • Sportisation and 'modernisation'
  • Sport, violence and state formation
  • Sociology of the body
Target Groups
Students and reseachers of sociology, social and cultural sciences, sports, and history

The Editors
Dr. Jan Haut is researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sports Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany).
Dr. Paddy Dolan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland).
Dr. Dieter Reicher is associated professor at the University of Graz (Austria).
Dr. Raúl Sánchez García is lecturer of Sociology of Sport at the Universidad Europea in Madrid (Spain).


Figurational Sociology Leisure Cultural Sociology Sport History Sociology of the Body Social Theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Haut
    • 1
  • Paddy Dolan
    • 2
  • Dieter Reicher
    • 3
  • Raúl Sánchez García
    • 4
  1. 1.Goethe-University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Dublin Institute of TechnologyDublinIreland
  3. 3.Karl-Franzens-University of GrazGrazAustria
  4. 4.Universidad Europea MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-14911-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-14912-3
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