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Timeline of Bad Habits

Timeline of Bad Habits

Delve into our Timeline of Bad Habits to discover how habits have shifted over time. Then join the debate on OpenLearn.

Habits reveal a lot about society and how it´s ordered. In his classic work The Civilizing Process, Norbert Elias traced connections between the formation of the modern state and a long process of civilisation over 500 years of Western European history.

This process involved the taming of some of our ancestors´ more colourful habits to allow people separated by custom and territory to enter into relationships with one another without the danger of causing grievous insult.

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