Building Europe and Germany’s position in the work of Norbert Elias

Author/s Adele Bianco
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/95
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 139-154 File size 233 KB
DOI 10.3280/SR2011-095007
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In reviewing the work of Norbert Elias, this essay on one hand examines the way he represented building Europe as a geo-political and cultural entity, and on the other extracts elements that may help understand the present evolution of the European structure. According to Elias, building Europe was a social phenomenon that, psychologically, conformed and minimized national differences creating a European cultural identity; sociologically, the territorial matters and political-institutional conformations of the European continent became particularly relevant. In this context, Germany’s position appears to be continuously defined: in the past, as a historic and political entity. Today and for the future of Europe, is it in terms of an economic, financial and productive center, as attested by the debate regarding the future of the Euro and the European Union, that has been ongoing since the economic crisis started in 2007.

Adele Bianco, La costruzione europea e la questione tedesca nell’opera di Norbert Elias in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 95/2011, pp 139-154, DOI: 10.3280/SR2011-095007