Towards a Figurational History of Leicester Sociology, 1954–1982

Lars Bo Kaspersen, Andreas Møller Mulvad

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    This article applies Norbert Elias’s ‘processual-relational approach’ to an empirical case: the influential Leicester Department of Sociology between 1954 and 1982. Based on 42 qualitative interviews and extensive archival materials, we identify two phases: the early phase of cohesion is characterised by a strong sense of purpose and a growing influence on British sociology. The second phase is characterised by social and intellectual fragmentation. In explaining this reversal, we argue that a critical juncture of youth rebellion around 1968 provided the portents of an anti-authoritarian civilisational trend, which increasingly put strains on the established power nexus: the autocratic leadership model embodied by the department’s inspirational leader, Ilya Neustadt.
    Udgave nummer6
    Sider (fra-til)1186–1204
    Antal sider19
    StatusUdgivet - mar. 2018

    Bibliografisk note

    Epub ahead of print. Published online: 14. June 2017


    • History of British Sociology
    • Institutional change
    • Ilya Neustadt
    • Leicester Sociology
    • Norbert Elias
    • Paul Hirst
    • Process sociology
    • Relational sociology