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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 306,987 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Norbert Elias is the 10th most popular sociologist, the 74th most popular biography from Poland (down from 59th 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, Robert K. Merton, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, and Anthony Giddens. After him are Marcel Mauss, Niklas Luhmann, Immanuel Wallerstein, Ulrich Beck, Karl Mannheim, and Gabriel Tarde.

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Among people born in 1897, Norbert Elias ranks 15Before him are Lucky Luciano, Ludwig Erhard, Wilhelm Reich, Paavo Nurmi, Georges Bataille, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are Pola Negri, Thích Quảng Đức, Louis Aragon, Gordon Allport, Enid Blyton, and Ferenc Szálasi. Among people deceased in 1990, Norbert Elias ranks 10Before him are Ava Gardner, B. F. Skinner, Roald Dahl, Louis Althusser, Leonard Bernstein, and Alberto Moravia. After him are Paulette Goddard, Sarah Vaughan, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, John Bowlby, Pavel Cherenkov, and Yun Posun.

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Among people born in Poland, Norbert Elias ranks 74 out of 1,454Before him are Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), Emanuel Lasker (1868), Gustav Fechner (1801), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427), and Maria Feodorovna (1759). After him are Walther Nernst (1864), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), Pola Negri (1897), Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (1895), Anna Jagiellon (1523), and Horst Köhler (1943).


Among sociologists born in Poland, Norbert Elias ranks 1After him are Ulrich Beck (1944), Ludwig Gumplowicz (1838), and Shmuel Eisenstadt (1923).