Authority, State and National Character

- The Civilizing Process in Austria and England, 1700-1900

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Authority, State and National Character
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Udgivelsesdato:
28-03-2007
Sprog:
Engelsk
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New edition.
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This book presents a cross-disciplinary and methodologically innovative study, combining historical macro-sociology and a sociology of emotions with historical anthropology and cultural studies. Drawing on the concepts and theories of Norbert Elias on the Civilizing Process, it sets out to pin down and compare qualities that are simultaneously instantly recognisable and highly elusive, that is a kind of typical 'Englishness' and of 'Austrianness' that developed contemporaneously in the period up to the First World War. The authors chart the development of political authority structures in their varied historical manifestations, as well as their affective sedimentation as collective habitus ( national character ), comparing England and Austria from 1700 to 1900 as a case study. Their argument is based on an analysis of literary sources, mainly novels and plays, applying a sociology of literature approach. Axtmann and Kuzmics argue that the very different national characters formed in England and Austria during this time are related to differences in the affective experience of power and powerlessness, in short, of authority. They show that the formation of national character is determined partly by the different mixture of authoritative external constraints and milder self-restraint, and partly by the affective experience of human beings in uneven power balances. Specifically, they show how the formation of the bureaucratic state with strong patrimonial features in Austria, and of a self-organizing civil society with strong bourgeois-liberal features in England resulted both in different institutional structures of authority, and in different modes of the affective experience of this authority. Employing empirical detail of individual cases and texts to analyse and illuminate broad processes, the authors reach a clearer and deeper understanding of seemingly intangible and irrational aspects of national identity.

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Udgivelsesdato:
28-03-2007
ISBN13:
9780754635604
Vægt:
658 g
Bredde:
159 mm
Højde:
235 mm
Nummer i serien:
v. 36
Nummer i serien:
v. 36
Format:
Hardback
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    Presents a cross-disciplinary study, combining historical macro-sociology and a sociology of emotions with historical anthropology and cultural studies. This book charts the development of political authority structures in their varied historical manifestations, as well as their affective sedimentation as collective habitus (national character).

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