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Elias is studying the civilizing process, the changing of norms, and for this purpose he needs a fable and actions which cover many generations of familial life.
den Otter describes his book as a collection of essays connected by a common theme, intended as a second volume to his earlier book Civilizing the West: The Galts and the Development of Western Canada (Edmonton, University of Alberta Press, 1982).
Linklater's frequent references to the sociology of global civilizing processes might suggest that the book has a strongly progressivist flavor, perhaps chiming with Steven Pinker's recent account in The Better Angels of Our Nature.
Mitchell argues that such a "feminine presence" is a necessary "catalyst" for the man's recovery, for the "restorative female 'gaze' at the male body" acts as a civilizing influence that ensures that the hero will recover both physical health and manly self-control (Mitchell 178-79).
But in contrast to the better known English example with its distinctively emergent national character, the Iberian, reflecting a Mediterranean culture with pronounced classical roots and antecedents, will evince a more universalizing character in its commitment to a civilizing process.
The first section, "the historiography of ethnic identity," is the more tightly tied of the two to Harrell's civilizing thesis.
Nevertheless, by slighting the broader civilizing processes that delegitimated aristocratic violence, especially those eminating from the princely courts, he sometimes credits Venetian law rather too much.
As the third installment in the center's ongoing "American Century" series, which aims "to cast a fresh eye on critical aspects of modern America's architectural culture," "Viewing Olmsted" is largely underwritten by an old-left political unconscious, evident in Phyllis Lambert's catalogue preface in which she praises "the vast, civilizing Olmsted parks" that save us from the "relentless" city grids of Montreal and New York.
If social scientists defended colonial abuses by reference to the civilizing mission, engineers and other applied scientists argued that their work assisted in the "mise en valeur" of colonial possessions: major projects brought colonial backwaters into the modern age.
At present a hole in the ground, it will constitute another popular magnet and, while not part of the Holyrood Project, it probably owes its presence in this part of the city to the project's civilizing effects.
As other scholars have done with similar accounts of civility, Correll situates this history and analysis of the Grobianus phenomenon within the account of Western "civilization" laid out in Norbert Elias's The Civilizing Process, as well as Michel Foucault's investigations of discipline and power and Mikhail Bakhtin's readings of representations of the early modern body and carnival.
He and others like him saw it as the duty of free black men in America to take up the task of civilizing the African.