Beneath rationalization: Elias, Foucault, and the body1

European Journal of Social Theory 19 (1):39-56 (2016)
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Abstract

Elias and Foucault ended up making the same core discovery about the same fundamental social process, which we term the ‘social constraints towards self-discipline’ process. We show how three distinct biographical and intellectual factors were important in guiding them toward this discovery: their shared exposure to philosophical traditions associated with Heidegger’s break from Husserl; their common, sustained contact with ‘clinical’ practices; and the traumatic events each experienced in relation to intentional injury and death.

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