commitment (dt. [ãgaʒəˈmãː], frz. [ɑ̃gaʒˈmɑ̃]; Germanic-French, from French more engager - obligate, begin) means

  • passionate occurring for something:
  • In the process sociology “commitment” is understood after Norbert Elias as an antagonist about the term dissociation. On a balance both terms antipodes form one “more or less”, without they can appear as extreme of everyone alone for itself in the reality homogeneous as condition.

Thatideal-typical term “commitment” refers to a most affektive, heteronome perspective (self) of the evaluation of the reality for itself. This again accompanies with one relatively inadequately experience and perception of the reality and accordingly a small control chance of the obligations and/or. the danger level.

The English term Involvement describesthe structure peculiarnesses still more specifically.

  • the attitude of an artist, particularly with the theatre, see to commitment (actor)
  • a request to the dance.
  • at the stock exchange: The obligation to remove at the determined time bought papers to pay or to supply the papers sold for this day.


  • Elias, Norbert, which is sociology? , Munich 1970
  • Elias, Norbert, commitment and dissociation. Work to the knowledge sociology I, hrsg. and over. of Michael Schröter, Frankfurt/M 1983
  • Elias, Norbert, the society of the individuals, hrsg. from Michael Schröter, Frankfurt/M 1987
  • Elias, Norbert, established and outsiders, together with JohnL. Scotson, over. from Michael Schröter, Frankfurt/M 1990

see also:

Norbert Elias process sociology Homo Clausus valence

this side is a term clarifying for the distinction of several terms named the same word.

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