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Conflict Sociology, first published in 1975, represented the most powerful and comprehensive statement of conflict theory of its time. Collins brought together the best features of the Marxian and Weberian conflict traditions and connected them to microsociological principles derived from the Durkheimian tradition and Erving Goffman. This new edition is a substantial update and abridgement of the original book. Sanderson has retained the core chapters on stratification; deference and demeanor; state, economy, and ideology; and wealth and social mobility. Each chapter has been updated with a discussion of new work produced by both Collins and other key scholars of conflict theory. Sanderson's substantive afterword takes up Collins's work since 1975 on educational systems, intellectual life, organizations, historical change, gender and family, and religion. The afterword also summarizes Collins's latest forays into microsociological theorizing and attempts to show how Collins's newer microsociology and his older macrosociology are connected.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594516009
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Studies in Comparative Social Science
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Collins, recognized as one of the world’s leading sociological theorists and comparative-historical sociologists, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored a dozen books and well over one hundred articles on all aspects of sociological theory.

Stephen K. Sanderson is currently a visiting professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, where he specializes in comparative-historical sociology, sociological theory, and evolutionary sociology. He is the author or editor of ten books in sixteen editions, among them Evolutionism and Its Critics: Deconstructing and Reconstructing an Evolutionary Interpretation of Human Society (Paradigm, 2007) and Revolutions: A Worldwide Introduction to Social and Political Contention (2nd ed., Paradigm, 2010).

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii

Authors Original Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Bases of Scientific Sociology 1

Update 2009 7

Chapter 2 A Theory of Stratification 13

The Basics of Conflict Theory 19

Occupational Influences on Class Cultures 23

A Summary of Class Cultures 27

Conclusion 42

Update 2009 44

Chapter 3 Microsociology and Stratification 54

The Ethology of Human Animals 55

Human Language and Consciousness 64

An Experiential Foundation of Stratification 70

Appendix: Summary of Causal Propositions 103

Update 2009 110

Chapter 4 A Short History of Deference and Demeanor (with Joan Annett) 115

Types of Societies 121

Status Competition in America 136

The Evaporation of Deference Cultures 155

Appendix: Summary of Causal Principles 159

Update 2009 161

Chapter 5 State, Economy, and Ideology 167

The Organization of Violence 170

Technology and Military Organization 173

Ideology, Ritual, and Control 181

The Structure of Democracy 205

The Process of Historical Change 209

Update 2009 211

Chapter 6 Inequalities of Wealth 229

Market Models 230

Lenski's Conflict Theory 235

The Marxian Model 237

Toward a Theory of Wealth inequality 239

Appendix: Summary of Causal Principles 246

Update 2009 249

Afterword 258

Educational Systems and Educational Credentialism 258

A Conflict Theory of Organizations 263

A Sociology of the Intellectual World 265

Historical Change 269

Gender and the Family 273

Religion 273

Collins's Microsociological Turn 274

Linking Micro with Macro 278

Conclusion 279

References 281

Index 301

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