The Established and the Outsiders, Second Edition, by Norbert Elias and John L. Scotson (1994)

tn12About This Book 

This new edition of this classic text from one of the major figures of world sociology includes an introduction published in English for the first time. In Norbert Elias’s hands, a local community study of tense relations between an established group and outsiders becomes a microcosm that illuminates a wide range of sociological configurations including racial, ethnic, class and gender relations.The Established and the Outsiders examines the mechanisms of stigmatization, taboo and gossip, monopolization of power, collective fantasy and `we’ and `they’ images which support and reinforce divisions in society. Developing aspects of Elias’s thinking that relate his work to current sociological concerns, it presents the fullest elaboration of his concepts of mutual identification and functional democratization. Bringing out the important theoretical implications of micro-analysis the book demonstrates the significance of such detailed study analysis for better sociological theory.


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Table of Contents


Introduction Norbert Elias
A Theoretical Essay on the Established and the Outsiders
Considerations of Procedure
Neighbourhood Relations in the Making
Overall Picture of Zone 1 and Zone 2
The Mother-Centred Families of Zone 2
Local Associations and the “Old Families’ Network”
Overall Picture of Zone 3
Observations on Gossip
Young People in Winston Parva

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Other Books by the Author 

Other books by Norbert Elias:

The Symbol Theory (1991)

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