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Norbert Elias

German sociologist

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Norbert Elias was a German sociologist who later became a British citizen. He is especially famous for his theory of civilizing/decivilizing processes.Biography Elias was born on 22 June 1897 in Breslau in Prussia's Silesia Province to Hermann and Sophie Gallewski. His father was a businessman in the textile industry. After passing the abitur in 1915 he volunteered for the German army in World War I and was employed as a telegrapher, first at the Eastern front, then at the Western front. After suffering a nervous breakdown in 1917, he was declared unfit for service and was posted to Breslau as a medical orderly. The same year, Elias began studying philosophy, psychology and medicine at the University of Breslau, in addition spending a term each at the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in 1919 and 1920. He quit medicine in 1919 after passing the preliminary examination . To finance his studies after his father's fortune had been reduced by hyperinflation, he took up a job as the head of the export department in a local hardware factory 1922. In 1924, he graduated with a doctoral dissertation in philosophy entitled Idee und Individuum supervised by Richard Hönigswald, a representative of neo-Kantianism. Disappointed about the absence of the social aspect from neo-Kantianism, which had led to a serious dispute with his supervisor about his dissertation, Elias decided to turn to sociology for his further studies.

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Heidelberg University

Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

University of Freiburg

University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

University of Wrocław

Polish university

Ruhr University Bochum

University in Germany

University of Leicester

University in Leicester, United Kingdom

Bielefeld University

University in Bielefeld, Germany

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#29 World Rank
Sociology
#1183 World Rank
Philosophy
#3029 World Rank
Literature