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Teoria & Sociedade

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QUINTANEIRO, Tânia. The concept of figuration or configuration in Norbert Elias' sociological theory.Translated by Mitre. Teor. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1518-4471.

This essay explores the concept of figuration or configuration developed by Norbert Elias with the purpose to overcome the antinomies of structural functionalism and methodological individualism. The relationships of the concept of configuration with the categories of interdependency, function and coercion are studied within the context of his sociological theory. Based on the consideration of simplified models of game competition, the author's process oriented perspective and its relevance for solving the false opposition between society and individual.

Keywords : Norbert Elias; Figuracional and Process Sociology; figuration; configuration; individual and society; interdependency.

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