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The Civilizing Process and the Past We Now Abhor
Slavery, Cat-Burning and the Colonialism of Time




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ISBN 9781032134703
April 7, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

Drawing on the thought of Norbert Elias and using as a thread a purposely apolitical example of cruelty to animals to focus on changes in attitudes, this book explores the ways in which we deal with a past that we now abhor. As we struggle to deal with the fact that our past shapes us – indeed is us, but is not us – and cannot be changed, the modern tendency is to demand merely cosmetic rather than real changes to the world and to judge harshly the individuals with whom the past is populated, pulling down statues or re-naming institutions. An examination of our modern colonialism of time rather than place, which refuses to consider or accept the fact that without our past, we wouldn’t be here at all, let alone in a position to judge, The Civilizing Process and the Past We Now Abhor will appeal to scholars and students of sociology, cultural studies and literature with interests in contemporary questions of race, morality and efforts to correct the wrongs of our past.

Table of Contents

The Problem

1. Bad Manners

2. Woody

3. Past Produces Present

4. Slavery

5. Explanations

6. Rituals

7. The Modern Age

8. Democracy

9. Durkheim

10. Groupthink

11. The Polyglot West

12. Changes

13. People and Pets

14. Reparations

15. Forty Years in the Wilderness

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Biography

Bruce Fleming is Professor of English at the US Naval Academy and is the author of The End of the Modernist Era in Arts and Academia, Why Liberals and Conservatives Clash, Sexual Ethics: Liberal Vs. Conservative, and The New Tractatus: Summing Up Everything, among other works.