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Civilisation and informalisation : connecting long-term social and psychic processes

Author: Cas Wouters; Mike Dunning
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
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Over the last century and half, regimes of manners and emotions in the West have become less status ridden, stiff and rigid. This increasing informality, leniency and flexibility, comes hand-in-hand with a growing demand on individuals to self-regulate their emotions. Debates around Norbert Elias' theory of civilizing processes have given rise to questions regarding the direction of these changes: are civilizing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1048933911
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Cas Wouters; Mike Dunning
ISBN: 9783030007980 3030007987
OCLC Number: 1084333926
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Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgements --
Notes on contributors. Part 1 Civilisation and informalisation: the book. Six chapters / Cas Wouters. 1 Informalisation: an introduction : Signposts --
Western social codes in phases from formalisation to informalisation --
Two implications of introducing informalisation as a theory and as a process --
Excursus: Norbert Elias and informalisation --
Informalisation and the transformation known as the Renaissance --
Informalisation and the necessary critical degree of preceding formalisation --
Social and psychic integration and integration conflicts --
A shift from guilt to shame and shaming --
Traditional shame cultures, inner-directed guilt cultures, and other-directed shame cultures. 2 Informalisation and evolution: four phases in the development of steering codes : Preview and signposts --
Two sequential long-term processes of formalisation and informalisation --
Two transitions from formalisation to informalisation: a theoretical comparison. 3 Informalisation and emancipation of lust and love: integration of sexualisation and eroticisation since the 1880s : Preview --
Formalisation and informalisation --
Informalisation in relations between parents and children --
Gender and sex: the lust balance --
Trial and error as collective processes: sexualisation and eroticisation --
Trial and error before the 1960s: two social class trajectories --
New practices and new concepts --
Process continuities in class differences before and after the 1960s --
Avoiding old practices and a quest for new words --
Recent developments towards integration: Sexual intimidation, sexual violence, and #MeToo ; Declining differences between social classes --
Where are we now? Paradoxes and interpretations. 4 Informalisation of rituals in dying and mourning: changes in the We-I balance : Introduction --
Changes in the We-I balance: solidarisation and individualisation --
From a "regime of silence and sacred lies" to an "emancipation of emotions" --
From fixed rules in closed networks towards flexible rules in open networks --
Rituals and feelings of despair and powerlessness --
Tugs of war and ambivalence towards mourning ritual --
Nostalgic longing for old we-identities --
Phases in individual and social processes: changes in the We-I balance --
The 'memento mori" function of public debates on euthanasia --
Epilogue on the need for a modern "memento mori". 5 Informalisation, functional democratisation, and globalisation : Functional democratisation or "diminishing contrasts" and informalisation or "increasing varieties" as side effects of differentiation and integration processes --
The introduction of functional democratisation and its "counterpart" --
Processes of integration with part-processes of disintegration and defunctionalisation as unintended side effects: examples on various levels --
Growing interdependence triggers an ambivalence that reduces power potentials between groups: functional democratisation --
Decolonisation as an example of functional democratisation --
On processes of social differentiation and integration: the force of the competition and interweaving mechanism --
On the shifting balance of power between politicians (physical safety) and business people (material security) --
Where are we now? 6 Universally applicable criteria for analysing social and psychic processes: nine tension balances, one triad : Introduction --
The triad of basic controls --
Nine tension balances --
Conclusion. Part 2 Civilisation and informalisation: the selection. Six chapters by six authors. 7 Informalisation through the lens: black and white and the development of photography as art / Jonathan Fletcher : Summary --
The contemporary appeal of black and white --
Four phases in the development of photography as art: Co-existence: early 1840s-mid-1880s ; Challenge: mid-1880s-early 1900s ; Emancipation: early 1900s-early 1960s ; Integration: early 1960s-present --
Informalisation, black and white photography as art : Individualisation and good society ; Photography, photographers and the established-outsider dynamic ; Aestheticisation and the aesthetic tension-balance ; Formalisation and photographic realism ; Monochrome and the quest for authenticity. 8 Informalisation and brutalisation: jihadism as a part-process of global integration and disintegration / Michael Dunning : Introduction --
Global social processes and the growth of salafi-jihadism --
Integration, equalisation and informalisation --
Salafi-jihadists and the stigmatisation of the West --
ISIS brutality --
Integration conflicts and defunctionalisation --
Brutalisation as a paradigmatic process --
The process of brutalisation in Iraq --
The process of brutalisation in the West --
Conclusion. 9 Informalisation and sport: the case of jogging-running the USA (1960-2000) / Raúl Sánchez García : Introduction --
The informalising phase of jogging/running in the USA during the 1960s and 1970s : the formalising trend ; the informalising trend --
Early reformalisation phase of jogging/running during the 1980s --
The late reformalisation phase of running during the 1990s --
Concluding remarks. 10 Informalisation and integration conflicts: the two-faced reception of migrants in the Netherlands / Arjan Post : Introduction: informalisation and re-formalisation --
The minorisation of minorities --
From xenophilia to xenophobia in the 1980s --
A multi-level model of integration conflicts --
Reflection: the paradox of permissiveness. 11 Formalisation and informalisation of meeting manners / Wilbert van Vree : The meeting concept --
The emergence of collective steering capacities --
Meetings in foragers' societies --
Meetingisation and autocratisation --
Meetingisation in agrarian societies --
Parliamentarisation of meeting behaviour --
Informalisation of meeting manners in parliamentary-industrial societies --
Meeting regimes and self-control --
The meetingisation of work --
Two meeting models. 12 Informalisation, sociological theory and social diagnosis / Richard Kilminster : Preface --
Sociology, para-sociology and informalisation : neo-tribes: the decline and individualism? ; reflexive modernisation as political conceit ; liquid Marxism: the pyrrhic victory of metaphor over evidence --
Concluding remarks. References --
Index.
Responsibility: Cas Wouters, Michael Dunning, editors.

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