Pithy Forewords, Volume I

Hans Peter Duerr (G) wrote a five-volume work in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s that criticizes the German sociologist Norbert Elias’ conception of the ‘civilizing process‘.  Here is an excerpt from the foreword to Volume I (my translation):

In the ten years in which I worked (not exclusively) on this book, many scholars assisted me with information.  I can thank them only summarily here. However, only a few members of this group are ethnologists from German-speaking countries who, in general, were not ready to answer questions I posed in letters as soon as they had become members of Salary Group C3 or higher.


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