Welcome to the official homepage on Norbert Elias (1897-1990)!

Here you will find information on the science of Norbert Elias, his life and on people connected to his.

Elias is now regarded as one of the most important sociologists of the 20th century. He is especially known for his theory of the civilising process, but his research went far beyond that. He developed a theory of human society from its very beginnings to the emergence of the modern knowledge society.

Using this website:
From the menu on the left, you can learn more about his theory, books on him and the Elias community in your language. If you want to learn more about the international Elias community, you may click on the flag and change to a different language.

If you are interested in participating in upcoming events, you may find information on the right side or in our blog. We are particularly pleased with the participation of students! We try to give our gatherings a hierarchy-free atmosphere, where people meet on equal footing.

Whatever your demand is: We are happy to get in touch with you! Feel welcome to contact us via e-mail on info@norbert-elias.com


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