Norbert Elias and Violence

  • Tatiana Savoia Landini
  • François Dépelteau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tatiana Savoia Landini, François Dépelteau
    Pages 1-10
  3. An Introduction to Elias’s Views on Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  4. Strengths and Limits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Florence Delmotte, Christophe Majastre
      Pages 55-80
    3. François Dépelteau
      Pages 81-115
  5. Post-Conflict Processes and Democracy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-232

About this book


This book presents key conceptualizations of violence as developed by Norbert Elias. The authors explain and exemplify these concepts by analyzing Elias’s late texts, comparing his views to those of Sigmund Freud, and by analyzing the work of filmmaker Michael Haneke. The authors then discuss the strengths and shortcomings of Elias’s thoughts on violence by examining various social processes such as colonization, imperialism, and the Brazilian civilizing process—in addition to the ambivalence of state violence. The final chapters suggest how these concepts can be used to explain difficulties in implementing democracy, grappling with memories of violence, and state building after democracy. 


Michael Haneke Film Studies State Formation Sigmund Freud Imperialism Civilizing Process Decivilizing Process Killing Murder Memory

Editors and affiliations

  • Tatiana Savoia Landini
    • 1
  • François Dépelteau
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade Federal de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Laurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

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