Book Chapters

‘Turner, Frederick Jackson’, in Bryan Turner (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (Chichester: John Wiley, 2017).

‘Organisations and American collective self-understanding’, in John Connolly and Paddy Dolan (eds), The Social Organisation of Marketing: A Figurational Approach to People, Organisations and Markets (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 193–204.

‘Conclusion’, in Jan Haut, Paddy Dolan, Dieter Reicher, and Raúl Sánchez García (eds), Excitement Processes: Norbert Elias’s Unpublished Works on Sports, Leisure, Body, Culture (Wiesbaden: Spinger VS, 2017), pp. 307–14.

'Introduction', in Elizabeth FitzPatrick and James Kelly (eds), Food and Drink in Ireland (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2016), pp. xi–xix. (Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 115C.)

‘Liminality and the Wild West: The frontier myth, manifest destiny and the building of the American Empire’, in Agnes HorvathBjørn Thomassen and Harald Wydra (edsBreaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality (Oxford: Berghahn, 2016), pp. 112–29.

(with Barbara Górnicka) 'Civilizing processes' in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Chihester: Wiley, 2015), vol. 1, pp. 405–8. Online:

(with René Moelker) ‘Elias’ (wieder)entdeckte Untersuchungen des Marineberufs’, in Norbert Elias, Seeleute und Gentlemen, trans. Jan-Peter Kunze (Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2016), pp. 197–220.

‘Norbert Elias: sociological amnesia and “the most important thinker you have never heard of”, in Alexander Law and Eric Royal Lybeck (eds), Sociological Amnesia: Cross-currents in Disciplinary History (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 197–210.

'Indigestion in the Nineteenth Century: Aspects of English Taste and Anxiety’ (revised version), in Jakob A. Klein and Anne Murcott (eds), Food Consumption in Global Perspective: Essays in the Anthropology of Food in Honour of Jack Goody (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 135–58.

‘Peter Burke’, in James Wright (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Oxford: Elsevier, forthcoming).

‘National Character, History of’, in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol 16. (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015), pp. 237–240.

‘The Collected Works: Note on editorial policy’, in Supplements and Index to the Collected Works (Dublin: UCD Press, 2014 [Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English, vol. 18]), pp. ix–xiv.

‘Introduction: Elias, Freud and Lévy-Bruhl’ (co-author, Katie Liston), in Supplements and Index to the Collected Works (Dublin: UCD Ptress, 2014 [Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English, vol. 18]), pp. 1–12.

‘Prólogio’ (co-author: Fernando Ampudia de Haro), in Jesús Romero Moñivas, Los Fundamentos de la Sociología de Norbert Elias (Valencia: Tirant Humanidades, 2013), pp. 13–17.

‘Globalisation and the “American Dream”’, in Christien Brinkgreve, Marcel van der Haak, Bart van Heerikhuizen, Johan Heilbron and Giselinde Kuipers (eds), Cultuur en Ongelijkheid [Culture and Inequality – Festschrift for Professor Nico Wilterdink] (Amsterdam: AMB, 2011), pp. 37–49.

(with Richard Kilminster) ‘Norbert Elias’, in George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky (eds), The Wiley–Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, 2 vols (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011), ii, Contemporary Social Theorists, pp. 13–43.  

‘The American civilising process: a sceptical sketch’, in Christa Buschendorf, Astrid Franke and Johannes Voeltz (eds), Civilizing and Decivilising Processes: Figurational Approaches to American Studies (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), pp. 17–34.

‘Manners’, in Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (New York: Continuum, forthcoming June 1013).

‘Conclusion’, in Daniëlle de Vooght (ed.), Royal Taste (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming, 2010).

‘American Habitus: Individualism and its Consequences for the World (including the Credit Crunch)’, in Andrea D. Bührmannn and Stefanie Ernst (eds), Care or Control of the Self? – Norbert Elias, Michel Foucault and the Subject in the 21st Century (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), pp. 51–69.

‘A smouldering ember: Nietzsche and Elias on aristocratic and warrior ethics in the light of the American civilising process’, in Angela Holzer, Friederike Felicitas Günther and Enrico Müller (eds), Zur Genealogie des Zivilisationsprozeβes: Friedrich Nietzsche und Norbert Elias (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010), pp. 91–104.

‘Globalisation and Americanisation’, in Bryan S. Turner (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies(London, Routledge, 2010), pp. 554–67. (Revised version in 2nd edition of this book, 2016, pp. 507–19.)

‘American Civilization’ [extract from The American Civilizing Process, pp. 23–39] in Brett Bowden (ed.), Civilization: Critical Concepts in Political Science, 4 vols (London: Routledge, 2009), vol. i.

‘The Contribution of Eric Dunning to the sociology of sport: the foundations’, in Dominic Malcom and Ivan Waddington (eds), Matters of Sport: Essays in Honour of Eric Dunning (London: Routledge, 2008), pp. 12–30. Also published in Sport in Society 9 (4) 2006: 514–32, special issue, Festschrift for Eric Dunning.

‘Sport en geweld’, in Jan van Gestel (ed.), Figuraties in de sport (Gent: Academia Press, 2007), pp. 115-44. [Dutch translation of chapter 6 of Norbert Elias: Civilization and the Human Self-Image, 1989.]

‘Europe and the USA: Venus and Mars’, in Laura Leonardi (ed.), Opening the European Box: Towards a New Sociology of Europe (Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2007), pp. 67–101.

‘Figurational Sociology’ (co-author, Katie Liston), in Ritzer, George (ed). Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online:  

‘Sociology’, in William H. McNeill, et al. (eds), Berkshire Encyclopaedia of World History (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2005), vol. iv, pp. 1741–6.

‘Of Gastronomes and Guides’, in Carol Korsmeyer (ed.), The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food and Drink (Oxford: Berg, 2005), pp. 239–49. [Excerpt from All Manners of Food.]

‘Culinary Transitions in Europe: An Overview’, conclusion (pp. 469–88) to Darra Goldstein and Kathrin Merkle (eds), Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity, Diversity and Dialogue (Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 2005).

‘Not so exceptional? State formation processes in America’, in Steven Loyal and Stephen Quilley (eds), The Sociology of Norbert Elias (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 157–74.

‘Les anthropologues et l’agnosticisme du développement’, in Sophie Chevalier and Jean-Marie Privat (eds), Norbert Elias et l’anthropologie: ‘Nous sommes tous si étranges …’ (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2004), pp.  53–64.

‘Civilising Processes’ and ‘Figurational Sociology’, in George Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Social Theory (London, Sage, 2004), vol. i, pp. 105–7 and 279–80.

‘L’Étude comparative des processus de civilisation et de décicivilisation’, in Yves Bonny, Jean-Manuel de Queiroz and Erik Neveu (eds), Norbert Élias et la théorie de la civilisation (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003), pp. 27-36.

‘France: French and British Cooking Compared’, in Solomon H. Katz and William Woys Weaver (eds),Encyclopaedia of Food (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003).

‘Eating out in the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, in Marc Jacobs and Peter Scholliers (eds), Eating Out in Europe: Picnics, Gourmet Dining and Snacks since the Late Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Berg, 2003),pp. 245–60.

Introduction to Colin Murphy and Lynne Adair (eds), Untold Stories: Protestants in the Republic of Ireland, 1922–2002 (Dublin: Liffey Press, 2002), pp. 1-16.

‘The Other Side of the Coin: Decivilising Processes’, in Thomas Salumets (ed.), Norbert Elias and Human Interdependencies(Montreal: McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2001), pp. 32–49.

‘The American Civilising Process’, in Thomas Salumets (ed.), Norbert Elias and Human Interdependencies(Montreal: McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2001), pp. 226–44. Reprinted in Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell (eds), Norbert Elias (Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought, London: Sage, 2003), iii, pp. 119-36.

with Richard Kilminster: ‘Norbert Elias’, in George Ritzer (ed.), Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), pp. 601–29.

with Mitchell Elliott, Paul Stokes, Aoife Rickard, Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop: ‘Protestants in a Catholic State – A Silent Minority in Ireland’, in Tom Inglis, Zdzisław Mach and Rafał Mazanek (eds), Religion and Politics: East-West Contrasts from Contemporary Europe (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2000), pp. 68–92. Reprinted in: 4oSimposio Internacional Processo Civilizador: Corporeidade e Religiosidade, História da Educação Protestante no Brasil, pp. 12–36. Piracicaba: Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, 2000.

Network Theory and the Social Constraint towards Self-Constraint’, in Gabriele Klein and Annette Treibel (eds), Skepsis und Engagement: Festschrift für Hermann Korte (Hamburg: Lit Verlag, 2000), pp. 95–112.

‘From Agrarian to Post-industrial Elites in One Generation? – Accelerated Social Change in Ireland’, in Carlo Mongardini (ed.), Vecchie e nuove elites (Rome: Bulzoni, 2000), pp. 171–83.

‘Foreword’, in John Germov and Lauren Williams (eds), A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: the Social Appetite (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. v–vii. [Also revised version in 2nd edition, 2004.]

‘Foreword’ to Wilbert van Vree, Meetings, Manners and Civilisation (London: University of Leicester Press [Cassell], 1999], pp. xi–xiii.

with Eric Dunning: ‘Prefácio’, in Norbert Elias, Os Alemães (Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar, 1997, pp. 7–14.

‘La peur de manger en Grande Bretagne: l’interaction entre opinion médicale et croyances populaires au XIXeet au début du XXesiècle en Grande-Bretagne’, in Alain Garrigou (ed.), Santé et Sociétés (Paris: Entretiens Franklin/Université de Paris X – Nanterre, 1997), pp. 75–95. Reprinted in:Alain Garrigou (ed.), La Santé dans tous ses états (Biarritz: Atlantica, 2000), pp. 81–102.

‘L’envers de la médaille: les processus de décivilisation’, in Alain Garrigou and Bernard Lacroix (eds), Norbert Elias: La politique et l’histoire (Paris: Éditions La Découverte, 1997), pp. 213–36. Also published in Portuguese translation: ‘O Reverso da Moeda: Os Processos de Descivilização’, in Alain Garrigou e Bernard Lacroix (eds), Norbert Elias: A Política e a História (São Paulo: Editora Perspectiva, 2001), pp. 163–84.

‘Identity and Culinary Culture: England, France, and tomorrow the World’, in John Wilkins (ed.), Food in European Literature (Exeter: Intellect, 1997), pp. 459–64.

‘Goudsblom achter de doorkijkspiegel’, in Johan Heilbron, Nico Wilterdink and Abram de Swaan (eds), Alles verandert: Opstellen voor en over J. Goudsblom (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1997), pp. 201–7. [PDF of original English text: 'Goudsblom behind the one-way mirror']

‘Foreword’ to Steven Russell, Jewish Identity and Civilizing Processes (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997), pp. vi–viii.

‘The Culinary Culture of Europe Overseas’, in Hans-Jürgen Teuteberg, Gerhard Neumann and Alois Wierlacher (eds), Essen und kulturelle Identität: Europäische Perspektiven (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1996), pp. 459–64.

‘Norbert Elias, 1897–1990’, in C. S. Nicholls (ed.), The Dictionary of National Biography, 1986–1990 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 123–4. Revised and augmented version in Brian Harrison and Colin Matthew (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), vol. 18, pp. 48–9.

‘Maniere’, in Enciclopedia delle Scienze Sociali (Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1996), vol. v, pp. 472–8.

‘Disminyuendo los contrastes, aumentando las variedades’, in Jesús Contreras, (ed.), Alimentación y cultura: Necessidades, gustos y costumbres (Barcelona: Publicacions Universitat de Barcelona, 1995), pp. 333–53. [Translation of excerpt from All Manners of Food].

‘The Formation of We-Images: A Process Theory’, in Craig Calhoun (ed.), Social Theory and the Politics of Identity. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994, pp. 175–97.Reprinted in Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell (eds), Norbert Elias (Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought, London: Sage, 2003). ii, pp. 367-86.

‘Foreword’ to Nobert Elias and John L. Scotson, The Established and the Outsiders, 2nd ed. (London: Sage, 1994), p. ix.

‘Les connections sociogénétiques entre l’alimentation et l’organisation du temps’, in Maurice Aymard, Claude Grignon and Françoise Sabban (eds), Le Temps de manger: Alimentation, emploi du temps et rhythmes sociaux (Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 1993), pp. 41–54.Also published in English as:‘Sociogenetic Connections between Food and Timing’, Food and Foodways, 6 (3–4) 1994: 195–204.

‘Indigestion in the Nineteenth Century: Aspects of English Taste and Anxiety’, in Ria Jansen-Sieben and Frank Daelemans (eds), Voeding en Geneeskunde / Alimentation et Médecine, Extranummer/Numéro special 41, Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique/Archiefen Bibliotheekwezen in Belgie, Brussels, 1993, pp. 205–24.Also published in: Proceedings of the Seventh Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. London: Prospect Books, 1988, pp. 153–61.

‘Food and wine’, in Malcolm Cook (ed.), French Culture since 1945 (London: Longmans, 1993), pp. 176–91.

‘Norbert Elias’, in Peter Beilharz (ed.), Social Theory – A Guide to Central Thinkers(Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1992), pp. 76–83.

‘Norbert Elias’, in J.-F. Mattéi (ed.), Encyclopédie philosophique universelle, Tome 3, Les Oeuvres philosophiques (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1992), pp. 3204–5.

‘Momentum and History’, in J.L. Melling and J. Barry (eds), Culture and History (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1992), pp. 28–46.

‘Divergences and convergences in the development of culinary cultures’, in Hans-Jürgen Teuteberg (ed.), European Food History: A Research Review (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1992), pp. 278–88.

with Michael Havinden, André Lespagnol and Jean-Pierre Marchand: ‘Comment les régions ont devenus périphériques: un processus historique, complexe et à longue échéance/How the Regions became Peripheral: a complex long-term historical process’, in M, Havinden, J. Quéniart and J. Stanyer (eds), Centre and Periphery: Brittany and Devon & Cornwall Compared (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1991), pp. 1–12/13–23.

‘Civilisation’, in Sylvain Auroux (ed.), Encyclopédie philosophique universelle, Tome 1, Dictionnaire des notions (Paris : Presses Universitaires de France, 1991), pp. 326–7.

‘The Sociological Study of History: Institutions and Social Development’, in C.G.A. Bryant and H. Becker (eds), What has Sociology Achieved? (London: Macmillan, 1990), pp. 54–68.

with Katherine Simons: ‘Die Soziologie der Bulimie’, in A. Kämmerer and B. Klingenspor (eds), Bulimie: Zum Verständnis einer geschlechtsspezifischen Eßstörung (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 1989), pp. 11–30.

‘Thermidor, Restaurants and haute cuisine’, in Richard Cobb and Colin Jones, (eds), The French Revolution: Voices from a Momentous Epoch, 1789–95 (London: Simon and Schuster, 1988), pp. 239–40.

‘Reflections on Cultural Policy and Socio-Economic Development’, in Ervin Lászlo and Iván Vitányi (eds), European Culture and World Development (Budapest: Corvina, 1985), pp. 99–109.

Emile Durkheim; Max Weber; Robert K. Merton; Alexis de Tocqueville; Talcott Parsons; Norbert Elias; Action Theory; Cybernetics; Social Evolution; Social Change; Social Structure; Social System; Power; Unintended Consequences; Consensus; Conflict Theory; Division of Labour; Institution, Institutionalisation; Norm; Society; Pattern Variables, in Michael Mann (ed.), Macmillan Student Encyclopaedia of Sociology(London: Macmillan, 1983).

‘Montaigne, Civilisation and Sixteenth-Century European Society’, in K.C. Cameron (ed.), Montaigne and His Age (Exeter: University of Exeter, 1981), pp. 67-85.

, 1981), pp. 69–85. 1981) p ))‘Social Research and Cultural “Needs”’, in J. Zuzanek (ed.), Social Research and Cultural Policy (Waterloo, Ontario: Otium Publications, 1979), pp. 15–36.

‘“Individual Action” and its “Social” Consequences in the Work of Elias’, in P.R. Gleichmann, J. Goudsblom and H. Korte (eds), Human Figurations: Essays for Norbert Elias (Amsterdam: Stichting Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 1977), pp. 99–109.

‘Sociology’, in C.B. Cox and A.E. Dyson (eds), The Twentieth-Century Mind (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972) vol. iii, 1945–65, pp. 153–84.