Norbert Elias

1897 - 1990

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Norbert Elias (German: [eˈliːas]; 22 June 1897 – 1 August 1990) was a German sociologist who later became a British citizen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Norbert Elias has received more than 271,853 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Norbert Elias is the 10th most popular sociologist, the 59th most popular biography from Poland (up from 68th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Sociologist.

Norbert Elias is most famous for his book, The Civilizing Process, which describes the development of manners and morals in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present.

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Among sociologists, Norbert Elias ranks 10 out of 54Before him are Theodor W. Adorno, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Robert K. Merton, Erving Goffman, and Anthony Giddens. After him are Marcel Mauss, Karl Mannheim, Immanuel Wallerstein, Niklas Luhmann, Gabriel Tarde, and Ulrich Beck.

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Among people born in 1897, Norbert Elias ranks 13Before him are Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, Wilhelm Reich, Paavo Nurmi, Ludwig Erhard, and Subhas Chandra Bose. After him are Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Georges Bataille, Gordon Allport, Enid Blyton, Frank Capra, and Louis Aragon. Among people deceased in 1990, Norbert Elias ranks 10Before him are Roald Dahl, B. F. Skinner, Louis Althusser, Ava Gardner, Leonard Bernstein, and Alberto Moravia. After him are Sarah Vaughan, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Paulette Goddard, Pavel Cherenkov, John Bowlby, and Yun Posun.

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Among people born in Poland, Norbert Elias ranks 59 out of 1,231Before him are Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Christian Wolff (1679), Otto Stern (1888), Faustina Kowalska (1905), Andrzej Wajda (1926), and Ferdinand Lassalle (1825). After him are Krzysztof Penderecki (1933), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Walther Nernst (1864), and Paul Ehrlich (1854).


Among sociologists born in Poland, Norbert Elias ranks 1After him are Ulrich Beck (1944) and Ludwig Gumplowicz (1838).