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MobilizationGould is to be commended for sensitizing us to the neglected topic of social-ranking competition and its relation to violence.”
— Anthony Oberschall
This, he maintains, is because violence most often occurs when someone wants to achieve superiority or dominance over someone else, even if there is no substantive reason for doing so. In making the case for this original idea, Gould explores a diverse range of examples, including murders, blood feuds, vendettas, revolutions, and the everyday disagreements that compel people to act violently. The result is an intelligent and provocative work that restores the study of conflict to the center of social inquiry.
— Anthony Oberschall
— Roberta Senechal de la Roche
“Gould is to be commended for sensitizing us to the neglected topic of social-ranking competition and its relation to violence.”
“[Gould] brings his ideas to bear on an impressive range of data from diverse cultures and times: a relatively rare occurrence in a field where most social scientists focus only on violence in modern America. . . His writing is elegant, lucid, and laced throughout with a sharp and incisive wit.”
“Collision of Wills persuades us that conflicts arise in social relations where people are unclear about their rank. It is an idea that goes back to Durkheim’s Suicide, which this work very much resembles. Consistently smart and ambitious, often controversial, and occasionally quixotic, this book is likely to become a small classic.”
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|Ch. 1||Conflict, Honor, and Hierarchy||1|
|Ch. 2||Dominance Relations||27|
|Ch. 3||Strife out of Symmetry||67|
|Ch. 4||Solidarity and Group Conflict||105|
|Ch. 5||Conflict and Social Structure||147|
|Ch. 6||Honor and the Individual||167|