In this seminar, we will deal with the question of ‘what is sociology?’ on the basis of the same-titled book of Norbert Elias. The subject matter of sociology, its function and its relationship to other social sciences will be extensively discussed. One of the aims of this seminar is the strengthening of the process-sociological way of thinking towards the perception of the existence of interdependent links and figurations which human beings form with each other. This seminar is therefore suitable for all students who seek for a broad reorientation of their familiar way of thinking. The willingness to accept the supervision of a seminar session in a group or individual (Referat) is preconditioned.
What Is Sociology?, Volume 5 (The Collected Works Norbert Elias, Band 5) 15. September 2012
The Society of Individuals (Collected Works Norbert Elias, Band 10) Hardcover – 20 Mar. 2011
Norbert Elias, John L. Scotson (1990): The Established and the Outsiders, Univ College Dublin Pr, 2008.