Articles in Refereed Journals

[includes invited contributions]

‘Childhood and Society: Civilisation as Deferred Gratification’, Social Sciences Review, forthcoming 2018

‘Power, Individualism and Collective Self-Perception in the USA’, in Emotion, Authority and National Character, ed. Helmut Kuzmics, Dieter Reicher and Jason Hughes, special issue of Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, forthcoming 2019

'Elias and Popper', Human Figurations 7: 1 (2017).

'It's just me in the US'. [Stephen Mennell writes in response to Ben Carrington's recent BSA annual conference plenary criticising sociology in America.] Network: Magazine of the British Sociological Association, Autumn 2017.

‘Norbert Elias’s contribution to Andrew Linklater’s contribution to International Relations’, Review of International Studies, 43: 4 (2017), pp. 654–70.

Guest Editors’ Introduction (by Alexander Law and Stephen Mennell): 'Comparative–historical sociology as antidote to the "crackpot realism" of the twenty-first century', special issue of Human Figurations, 6: 2 (2017).

'History is not bunk: why comparative historical sociology is indispensable when looking to the future'special issue of Human Figurations, 6: 2 (2017) on 'Comparative–historical sociology as antidote to the "crackpot realism" of the twenty-first century'.

'The social bases of democracy revisited; or, why democracy cannot be dropped in bombs from B52s at 30,000 feet'special issue of Human Figurations, 6: 2 (2017) on 'Comparative–historical sociology as antidote to the "crackpot realism" of the twenty-first century'.

'Apologia pro vita sociologica sua: social character and hiistorical process, and why I became an Eliaisan sociologist', Human Figurations 6: 1, 2017.

‘Apropos “The Collected Works of Norbert Elias”: An Interview [by Ruben Flores] with Stephen J. Mennell’, Sociologica 3/2014

'Explaining American hypocrisy'Human Figurations, 4: 2, 2015. Also published in Scientific Journal Virtus 2, May 2015, pp. 161–72 (East Ukraine National University).  tra‘Die us–amerikanische Heuchelei – Ein Erklärungsversuch’, trans. Heinz Sünker, in Sozialwissenschaftliche Literatur Rundschau, 73 (2016).

‘Twenty-five years on: Norbert Elias’s intellectual legacy 1990–2015’ (Barbara Górnicka, Katie Liston and Stephen Mennell) Human Figurations 4: 3 (2015).

'Civilising offensives and decivilising processes: between the emic and the etic', Human Figurations, 4: 1, 2015. 

‘Sociogenesis and psychogenesis: Norbert Elias’s historical social psychology as a research tradition in comparative sociology’, Comparative Sociology 14: 4 (2015): 548–64.

‘What economists forgot (and what Wall Street and the City never learned): a sociological perspective on the crisis in economics’, History of the Human Sciences 27: 3 (2014). pp. 20–37.

‘Globalisation and the American Dream’, Human Figurations 3: 2 (2014). 

with Cas Wouters, ‘Discussing Civilisation and Informalisation: Criteriology’, Política y Sociedad 50: 2 (2013), pp. 553–79. Revised version: Human Figurations, 4: 3, forthcoming 2015.

Abschiedsvorlesung – Realism and reality congruence: sociology and international relations, Human Figurations 2 (2012), 10 pp

‘Elias e il contro-ego: Memorie personali’, Cambio: Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali 1: 2 (2012).

‘America through the one-way mirror’, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 48: 2 (2011) pp. 217–48 [special issue on ‘Twenty-first Century America in Crisis’].

with Norman Gabriel: ‘Handing over the torch: intergenerational processes in figurational sociology’, in Norman Gabriel and Stephen Mennell (eds), Norbert Elias and Figurational Sociology, Sociological Review Monograph, 2011, pp. 5–23. 

‘Concluding remarks: History, sociology, theory and the fallacy of misplaced abstractness’, InterDisciplines 1: 1 (2010).

‘Reflections on American Religiosity from an Eliasian point of view’, Historická Sociologie[Historical Sociology: A Journal of Historical Social Sciences, Prague], 2 (2010), pp. 9–29.

with Andrew Linklater:Retrospective: Norbert Elias, The Civilizing Process: Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations – an overview and assessment', History and Theory 49 (October 2010), pp. 384–411. [The definitive version is available at] 

‘Quelques observations en guise de conclusion’, Vingtième Siècle 106 (2010), pp. 209–14.

with Katie Liston: ‘Ill Met in Ghana: Jack Goody and Norbert Elias on Process and Progress in Africa’, Theory, Culture and Society 26: 7–8 (2009): 52–70. [This essay was published as part of a special section on ‘Occidentalism: Jack Goody and comparative history’, edited by Peter Burke, Mike Featherstone and Stephen Mennell in honour of Sir Jack Goody on his 90th birthday.]

‘An Exceptional Civilising Process?’, Journal of Classical Sociology, 9: 1 (2009), pp. 97-115.

'Introduction to "Power and Civilization"', Journal of Power, 1: 2 (2008), pp. 131–4.

‘History, National Character and American Civilisation’, Sociologie 4: 2–3 (2008), pp. 285–303. Russian translation: ‘История, национальньій харктер и американская цивилизация’, [Istoria Natzionalnyi Character I Amerikansaya Tzivilizatsiya]Прогнозис [Prognosis] 3 (15) 2008: 59–77. French translation: ‘L’histoire, le caractère national et la civilisation américaine’, Vingtième Siècle 106 (2010), pp. 143–59.

‘Auf Mythenjagd in Amerika’, Leviathan: Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft 36: 2 (2008), pp. 191–211.

‘Elias and the Counter-ego’, History of the Human Sciences, 19 (2) 2006: 73–91.

‘Civilisation and Violence Control’, contribution to NEP–ARK:  New Encyclopaedia of Knowledge–New Archive of Knowledge, Theory, Culture and Society, 23 (2–3) 2006: 409–11.

with Anne Murcott, Anneke van Otterloo, and Peter Scholliers: ‘Editorial: Eight contributions to social food studies in the Low Countries’, Appetite, 45, 2005: 1–3.

Review Essay on Abram de Swaan, Words of the World: The Global Language System (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2001), Contemporary Sociology 34 (3) 2005: 242–4.

Introduction (pp. 7–10) to Norbert Elias, ‘On the Eating of Meat’ (pp. 11–16), Food and History 2 (2) 2004: 7–16.

‘Through a glass, darkly’, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 31 (4) 2004: 490–7.

Alan Davidson: Some Personal Memories and an Unacknowledged Dispute’, Food and History 2 (2) 2004: 181–6.

‘Improving the Human Means of Orientation’ [review essay on Bruce Mazlish, The Uncertain Sciences, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001], History of the Human Sciences 16 (2) 2003: 164-71.

‘Introduction to Norbert Elias’s “On the Sociology of German Anti-Semitism”’, Journal of Classical Sociology 1 (2) 2001: 213–17. [co-authors: Eric Dunning and Hermann Korte]

‘Elias e o counter-ego’. Conexões 4, 2000: 81–95.

‘Conference Keynote: The globalisation of eating – Opening Lecture at the 9th annual multidisciplinary Conference on Food Choice, Trinity College, University of Dublin’, Appetite 35, 2000: 191–2.

with Eric Dunning: ‘On the Balance between ‘Civilizing’ and ‘Decivilizing’ Trends in the Social Development of Western Europe: Elias on Germany, Nazism and the Holocaust’. British Journal of Sociology 49 (3) 1998: 339–57. Also published in Portuguese: ‘Balanço das tendências ‘civilizadoras’ e ‘descivilizadoras’ no desenvolvimento social da Europa Ocidental: os escritos de Norbert Elias sobre a Alemanha, or Nazismo et o Holocausto’. Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 45, Maio 1996, pp. 73–111.

with Johan Goudsblom: ‘Civilising Processes – Myth or Reality?’ Review article on Hans-Peter Duerr, Der Mythos vom Zivilisationsprozeße. Comparative Studies in Society and History 39 (4) 1997: 727–31. Reprinted in Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell (eds), Norbert Elias (Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought) (London: Sage, 2003), iv, pp. 253-7

‘A Sociologist at the Outset of Group Analysis: Norbert Elias and his Sociology’. Group Analysis 30 (4) 1997: 489–514.

‘Civilisation and Decivilisation, Civil Society and Violence’, Irish Journal of Sociology 5, 1995: 1– 21.

‘“Technization and Civilization”: Introductory Remarks’. Theory, Culture and Society 12 (3) 1995: 1–5.

‘A Survey in England’. World Futures 39 (1) 1994: 13–24. [Co-authors Michael Havinden and Paul Keating]

‘La sociologie culturelle de Norbert Elias’. Regards sociologiques No 5, 1993: 85–99.

‘Reply to Pels and Kilminster’, Theory, Culture and Society 8 (2) 1991: 185–9.

‘Food and the Quantum Theory of Taboo’, Etnofoor 4 (1) 1991: 63–77.

‘The Globalisation of Human Society as a Very Long-term Social Process: Elias’s Theory’. Theory, Culture and Society 7 (3) 1990: 359–71. [Journal issue also published in book form as Mike Featherstone, ed.,Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalisation and Modernity (London: Sage, 1990), pp. 359–71. In Portuguese translation: ‘A globalização da sociedede humana como processo social a muito longo prazo’, pp. 381–94 in Mike Feathersone, ed., Cultura Global: Nacionalismo, Globalização e Modernidade. Petrópolis, Brazil: Editora Vozes, 1999.]

‘Norbert Elias, 1897–1990: Personal Reflections on a Remarkable Life’, Thesis Eleven 27, 1990: 152–66.

‘Decivilising Processes: Theoretical Significance and Some Lines for Research’. International Sociology 5 (2) 1990: 205–23. Also reprinted in Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell (eds), Norbert Elias (Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought, London: Sage, 2003), ii, pp. 81-100, and in Brett Bowden (ed.), Civilization: Critical Concepts in Political Science, 4 vols (London: Routledge, 2009), vol. ii.

‘Rational Action and the Collectivising Process’ [Review Essay on Abram de Swaan, In Care of the State]. Social Policy and Administration 23 (2) 1989: 192–6.

‘Parsons et Elias’, Sociologie et société 21 (1) 1989: 69–86. Also subsequently published in English: ‘Parsons and Elias’, in Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell (eds) , Norbert Elias (Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought). London: Sage, 2003. i, pp. 181-200.

‘On the Civilising of Appetite’, Theory, Culture and Society 4 (2–3) 1987: 373–403. Reprinted in: M. Featherstone, M. Hepworth and B.S. Turner (eds), The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory. London: Sage, 1991, pp. 126–56.; Carole Counihan and Penny van Esterik (eds), Food and Culture: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 315–27; Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell (eds), Norbert Elias (Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought). London: Sage, 2003. iii, pp. 83-110

‘Eten in Nederland’, De Gids 150 (2–3) 1987: 199–207. (Invited essay for 150th anniversary issue of the journal). [The unpublished original English text 'Eating in The Netherlands', can be downloaded here.]

‘Comment on Haferkamp’, Theory, Culture and Society 4 (2–3) 1987: 559–61.

‘Über die Zivilisierung der Eßlust’, Zeitschrift für Soziologie 15 (6) 1986: 406–421.

‘Prospects for the History of Food’, Groniek – Gronings Historisch Tijdschrift No. 95, 1986: 7–21 (invited Introduction to special issue on food history)

‘Cultural Policy and Models of Society’, Loisir et Société 4 (2) 1981: 213–25. Also translated into Hungarian as: ‘Kulturális Politika és Társadalmi Modellek’, Kultúra és Közösség No. 1, 1981: 88–97.

‘Time and Taboo, Civilisation and Science: The Work of Norbert Elias’, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 11 (2) 1980: 83–95.

with Eric Dunning: ‘“Figurational Sociology”: Some Critical Comments on Zygmunt Bauman’s “The Phenomenon of Norbert Elias”’, Sociology 13 (3) 1979: 497–501.

‘Theoretical Considerations on the Study of Cultural “Needs”’, Sociology 13 (2) 1979: 235–57.

‘Cultural “Needs” and Municipal Initiative’, Social and Economic Administration 10 (2) 1976: 123–34.

‘Official Statistics and Social Interaction’, Social and Economic Administration 9 (3) 1975: 220–6.

‘Ethnomethodology and the New Methodenstreit’, Acta Sociologica 18 (4) 1975: 287–302. Also published in: David Thorns, ed., New Directions in Sociological Theory (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1976), pp. 139–57

with Colin Crouch: ‘Autonomy and Diversity in Higher Education’, Universities Quarterly 26 (4) 1972: 407–28.

‘Prohibition: A Sociological View’, Journal of American Studies 3 (2) 1969: 159–75.