Violence-control and intimacy. Critical remarks on Norbert Elias’ civilisation theory

Miklós Hadas
How did the significance of interpersonal violence change in the Western world over the past centuries? How can we explain these changes? – these are the overriding questions of this study. I rely, first of all, on Norbert Elias' civilisation theory and his figurational paradigm. In the last few decades, historians of crime have almost entirely confirmed the relevance of the Eliasian violence-control thesis. However, while Elias convincingly explores several key elements of the civilising...
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