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Book prizes

The Board of the Norbert Elias Foundation invites scholars to propose a book for the Norbert Elias Book Prize 2023:

The prize of €1,000 will be awarded this year for an original and well-written book significantly inspired by Elias’s oeuvre; a strict Eliasian paradigm is not required.

Eligible are English language books (including translations) that have been published in 2020, 2021 or 2022.

Books in the most widely used international languages other than English (Spanish, Portuguese, French and German) are accepted as well, but their nomination should be accompanied by a 4-5 page summary of the book in English and a Word file of their manuscript which can be translated using a Machine Learning Translation programme, so that jury members can make an assessment based on such translations.

Nominations can include self-nominations.

Nominations for the prize should be sent to Arjan Post, Secretary to the Norbert Elias Foundation, by 1 April 2023, by email to


Past winners

  • 2020 Raúl Sánchez García: The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts (Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. xi + 239 pp. ISBN: 978-1-138-57169-3 (hbk); 978-0-203-70257-4 (ebk)).
  • 1999 David Lepoutre, Cœur de banlieue: codes, rites et langages. (Paris: Odile Jacob,1997). ISBN 2-7381-0455-X. – an ethnographic fieldwork study of young adolescent boys in one of the large poor Parisian suburbs (see Figurations 14).
  • 2001 Wilbert Van Vree, Meetings, Manners and Civilization: The Development of Modern Meeting Behaviour. (London: Leicester University Press [an imprint of Continuum International Publishing Group] 1999). ISBN 0-7185-0123-3 – a sociological study of the development of meeting behaviour from a long-term perspective (see Figurations 15).
  • 2003 Nikola Tietze, Islamische Identitäten: Formen muslimischer Religiosität junger Männer in Deutschland und Frankreich (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2001). ISBN 3-930908-68-9 – a comparative study of the forms of religiosity that have emerged among young Muslim men and the part that they have played in the formation of their sense of identity within German and French society.
  • 2005 Jason Hughes, Learning to Smoke: Tobacco Use in the West (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003) ISBN 0-226-35910-7 – a study of the diverse sociological and cultural processes that have compelled people to smoke.
  • 2007 Georgi Derlugian, Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography (Chicago: University of Chicago press, 2005).
  • 2009 Elizabeth Bernstein, Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
  • 2011 Brett Bowden, The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).