Norbert Elias's Networks in the British Intellectual Field before His Appointment in Leicester (1945-54)

Marc Joly


An examination of Norbert Elias as “classical sociologist” or “one of the world’s leading social thinkers” means thinking about three elements of his academic path: 1) the time he needed to get his first academic post in Britain; 2)the constitution of a long-term and extended group of followers in Leicester; 3) the delay in translating his main works in English. This paper will concentrate on the first point, intending to identify the academic and para-academic webs Norbert Elias relied on to gain support for his many applications to posts as Staff Tutor and Lecturer before he was appointed in Leicester in 1954.


Norbert Elias; Leicester; Biography; University career

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