Joop Goudsblom (*1932) is a retired professor of sociology. He began his academic career in 1966 in Princeton, since 1968 he is a professor in Amsterdam. He knew personally Norbert Elias since 1956. He stayed in touch with him and later invited Elias to be a visiting professor in Amsterdam. Norbert Elias became a regular visitor at the town at the Amstel. In 1983 he decided to permanently move over. Joop Goudsblom became the landlord of Elias and they lived under one roof until the death of Elias. Goudsblom became the first chairman of the Norbert Elias Foundation. He has served in this office for over three decades and enabled countless works and conferences on Elias. Among his personal contributions are the history of figurational sociology in the Netherlands and of course his book on the civilization of fire.
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