Norbert Elias and Franz Borkenau - Intertwined Life-Works
Title: Norbert Elias and Franz Borkenau - Intertwined Life-Works
Author: SZAKOLCZAI, Arpad
Citation: Theory Culture & Society, 2000, 17, 2, 45-+
This article argues that the life-works of Norbert Elias and Franz Borkenau can Lest he understood together, as they were developed in close interaction during the 1930s. Deriving inspiration from Freud, they took up the project formulated by Weber at the end of his 'Anticritical Last Word'. However, in two significant respects they went beyond the Weberian problematics. First, overcoming the centrality attributed to economic concerns, they rooted the Western civilizing process in the long-term attempt to harness the violence that was escalated by the emergence and then collapse of the Roman Empire. Second, they emphasized the crucial importance of periods of transition that follow an overall dissolution of order and mark the possible future course of events.
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