The civilizing process and the past we now abhor : slavery, cat-burning and the colonialism of time / Bruce Fleming.

Fleming, Bruce E. (Bruce Edward), 1954- [Browse]
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022.
  • ©2022
vi, 141 pages ; 23 cm.


  • Classical and contemporary social theory [More in this series]
  • Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
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"Drawing on the thought of Norbert Elias and using as a thread a purposely apolitical example of cruelty to animals to focus on changes in attitudes, this book explores the ways in which we deal with a past that we now abhor. As we struggle to deal with the fact that our past shapes us - indeed is us, but is not us - and cannot be changed, the modern tendency is to demand merely cosmetic rather than real changes to the world and to judge harshly the individuals with whom the past is populated, pulling down statues or re-naming institutions. An examination of our modern colonialism of time rather than place, which refuses to consider or accept the fact that without our past, we wouldn't be here at all, let alone in a position to judge, The Civilizing Process and the Past We Now Abhor will appeal to scholars and students of sociology, cultural studies and literature with interests in contemporary questions of race, morality and efforts to correct the wrongs of our past"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Bad manners -- Woody -- Past produces present -- Slavery -- Explanations -- Rituals -- The modern age -- Democracy -- Durkheim -- Groupthink -- The polyglot West -- Changes -- People and pets -- Reparations -- Forty years in the wilderness.
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