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Norbert Elias: Figurations and consumption

R Canniford

Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory | Routledge | Published : 2017

Abstract

Imagine you are transported back to the 15th century. Aside from some difficulties with language, you will encounter stark differences in behaviour and emotional conduct. At a festive meal, someone spits on the table. Someone else takes a bone from the communal bowl, chews it, and then puts it back in the bowl. Nobody looks concerned. After dinner your party goes outside to burn some cats. Your new friends take pleasure in the howls of pain. At the end of the evening, you notice a pool of urine on the stairs. There is already someone in your bed. He fidgets all night. It is clear from history (these practices are drawn from the Medieval and early modern etiquette texts that inspired Norbert El..

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