Norbert Elias has been recognized as one of the greatest sociologists of the twentieth century. He is most famous for his theory of ‘civilizing processes’, but his ambitious vision for the scope of the social sciences extended to the whole development of human society from its earliest origins, including the long-term growth of knowledge and the sciences. Elias wrote on a wide range of topics, including violence, war, sport, aging and dying, time, work, art, music, poetry, utopias and the relations between the sexes.
While conceived in the spirit of Norbert Elias, the journal intends to publish articles from a wide variety of disciplines, whether they complement, qualify, contradict, expand upon the perspectives that Elias himself advanced, or break new ground. The unifying theme of Human Figurations is a broad concern with long-term processes of the development of human society and the human condition. Elias inspires researchers from many disciplines: history (especially world historians and social historians), criminology, international relations, anthropology and political science. Thus, Human Figurations will attract contributions from across fields.
Issue 1 of Volume 1 is now available online.