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The Civilising Process
The civilising process

The Civilising Process is the title of a book first published in two volumes in 1939 by the German social philosopher Norbert Elias. The book ranges over a number of themes – none of which, as it happens, is sport, which is mentioned only in passing – and, taken together, these themes describe a process which roughly equates to the development of modernity and the nation state in Western Europe. The first volume of the book was originally called The History of Manners and is concerned with growing restraint in society, from the late Middle Ages onward, with regard to the human body. This covers bodily functions and also damage to the body by spontaneous violence, such violence having been ...

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