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A RESPONSE TO R.J. ROBINSON'S, 'THE "CIVILIZING PROCESS": SOME REMARKS ON ELIAS'S SOCIAL HISTORY'

Eric Dunning
Sociology
Vol. 23, No. 2 (May 1989), pp. 299-307
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42853927
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A RESPONSE TO R.J. ROBINSON'S, 'THE "CIVILIZING PROCESS": SOME REMARKS ON ELIAS'S SOCIAL HISTORY'
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Abstract

R.J. Robinson (1987) argues that the crux of Elias's theory of the 'civilizing process' lies in its status as historiography and claims to have shown that 'all Elias's main claims about social history are demonstrably false.' Accordingly, he argues, 'the theory of the civilizing process seems very largely destroyed.' Close reading of Robinson, however, suggests that he has misinterpreted Elias in significant ways and that a more accurate reading of Elias's texts will be necessary before his theory can be properly evaluated.

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