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By: Ryan Powell | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   3 | DOI: |
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Figuration draws attention to interdependence, power, and process as ubiquitous characteristics of all human relations and represents a key departure from the philosophical antinomies that inform much social science thought. The concept forms a central tenet of the unique sociological approach of the late German sociologist Norbert Elias (1897–1990). Elias developed a novel theoretical synthesis that was more long term in its scope than conventional sociological approaches. It represents a key breakthrough in terms of its integration of the sociology of human societies with the sociology of knowledge. This particular sociological paradigm has come to be known as figurational sociology or process sociology.

Elias began his career as a philosopher of the neo-Kantian tradition, which was prevalent in Germany at the time he wrote his thesis ...

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