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Collins, Randall 1941-

Works: 99 works in 589 publications in 11 languages and 16,735 library holdings
Genres: History  Terminology  Cross-cultural studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Fiction  Parodies, imitations, etc  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Performer, n, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: HM24, 301
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Most widely held works by Randall Collins
The discovery of society by Randall Collins( Book )

76 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic text explores the lives and ideas of the social thinkers who have shaped and continue to forge traditions in sociology. Focusing on the great names in the field, it weaves biographical and conceptual details into a tapestry of the history of social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written in a narrative style that is accessible and exciting, this text serves as an excellent supplement for courses in social and sociological theory, the history of social thought, the history of sociology, and introduction to sociology
Conflict sociology : toward an explanatory science by Randall Collins( Book )

40 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 by discussing new work produced both by 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.--from publisher description
The sociology of philosophies : a global theory of intellectual change by Randall Collins( Book )

33 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through network diagrams and sustained narrative, Randall Collins traces the development of philosophical thought in China, Japan, India, ancient Greece, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a general theory of intellectual life, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Instead, Collins focuses on the social locations where sophisticated ideas are formed: the patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts. According to his theory, when the material bases of intellectual life shift with the rise and fall of religions, educational systems, and publishing markets, opportunities open for some networks to expand while others shrink and close down. It locates individuals - among them celebrated thinkers like Socrates, Aristotle, Chu Hsi, Shankara, Wirt Henstein, and Heidegger - within these networks and explains the emotional and symbolic processes that, by forming coalitions within the mind, ultimately bring about original and historically successful ideas."--Jacket
Three sociological traditions by Randall Collins( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The credential society : an historical sociology of education and stratification by Randall Collins( Book )

31 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociological insight : an introduction to nonobvious sociology by Randall Collins( Book )

26 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weberian sociological theory by Randall Collins( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de theorieën van de Duitse socioloog (1864-1920)
Violence : a micro-sociological theory by Randall Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the popular misconception fostered by action movies and thrillers, not to mention social scientists, that violence is easy under certain conditions. Collins challenges this view, arguing that violent confrontation goes against human physiological hardwiring, regardless of the underlying conditions and motivations
Sociology of marriage and the family : gender, love, and property by Randall Collins( Book )

33 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Weber : a skeleton key by Randall Collins( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interaction ritual chains by Randall Collins( Book )

32 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sex, smoking, and social stratification are three very different social phenomena. And yet, argues sociologist Randall Collins, they and much else in our social lives are driven by a common process: interaction rituals. Interaction Ritual Chains is a major work of sociological theory that attempts to develop a "radical microsociology." It proposes that successful rituals create symbols of group membership and pump up individuals with emotional energy, while failed rituals drain emotional energy. Each person flows from situation to situation, drawn to those interactions where their cultural capital gives them the best emotional energy payoff. Thinking, too, can be explained by the internalization of conversations within the flow of situations; individual selves are thoroughly and continually social, constructed from the outside in. Book jacket"--Page 4 of cover
Four sociological traditions by Randall Collins( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociology since midcentury : essays in theory cumulation by Randall Collins( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macrohistory : essays in sociology of the long run by Randall Collins( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the accomplishments of the golden age of "macrohistory," the sociologically informed analysis of long-term patterns of political, economic, and social change that has reached new heights of sophistication in the last decades of the twentieth century." "It describes the scholarly revolution that has taken place in the Marxian-inspired theory of revolutions, the shift to a state-breakdown model in which revolutions, rather than bubbling up from discontent below, start at the top in the fiscal strains of the state. The author links revolutions to military-centered transformations of the state, and reviews how he used this theory in the early 1980s to predict the breakdown of the Soviet empire." "Using this new theoretical tool, the author argues that Anglophone scholars have polemically misinterpreted German history, and that the roots of the Holocaust cannot be determined by German-bashing but must be attributed to processes that affect all of us."--Jacket
Theoretical sociology by Randall Collins( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an excellent overview of theoretical sociology. Theoretical means that the book tries to understand society in a general sense. The book has a historical perspective but it also deals with the issues as they stand today. So the book is not just of historical interest. Thankfully, there is nothing about sociology of gender, religion, crime or this and that in this book
Four sociological traditions : selected readings by Randall Collins( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise, engaging anthology contains the most significant and representative selections from the four major schools of sociological thought. The intellectual highlights of each school are presented, and readings range from the classics to the contemporary. Brief introductions and commentary guide the student to the key contributions in each selection. Designed to accompany Four Sociological Traditions, this anthology is entirely self-contained and may also be used separately
The case of the philosophers' ring by Dr. John H. Watson by Randall Collins( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Holmes, at his Baker Street flat, receives a telegram from the brilliant young philosopher, Bertrand Russell, begging him to come to Cambridge to investigate the theft of a uniquely precious treasure - the mind of Ludwig Wittgenstein. --Provided by publisher
Sociological theory, 1983( Book )

8 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does capitalism have a future? by Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great Recession has prompted many reassessments of the finance-driven economic order that achieved world dominance in the era of globalization. Yet just about every observer has focused on only two issues: why things went wrong, and what we need to do in order to return the system to stability. Virtually no one has questioned whether the system as such can continue. In Does Capitalism Have a Future?, a quintet of globally eminent scholars - Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian, and Craig Calhoun - survey the current global landscape and cut their way through to the most crucial issue of all: whether our capitalist system can survive in the medium run. Despite all its current gloom, conventional wisdom still assumes that capitalism cannot break down permanently because there is no alternative. The authors shatter this assumption, arguing that this generalization is not supported by theory, but is rather an outgrowth of the optimistic nineteenth-century claim that human history ascends through stages to an enlightened equilibrium of liberal capitalism. Yet as they point out, all major historical systems - from the Roman Empire to the Qing dynasty in China - have broken down in the end. In the modern epoch there have been several cataclysmic events - notably the French revolution, World War I, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc - that came to pass mainly because contemporary political elites had spectacularly failed to calculate the consequences of the processes they presumed to govern. At present, none of our governing elites and very few intellectuals can fathom an ending to our current reigning system. How possible is a systemic collapse in the medium-run of coming decades is the central question of this debate. While the contributors arrive at different conclusions, they are in constant dialogue with one another and therefore able to construct a relatively seamless--if open-ended--whole. Written by five of world's most eminent scholars of global historical trends, this ambitious book asks the biggest of questions: are we on the cusp of a radical world historical shift or not?"
The new economic sociology : developments in an emerging field by Mauro F Guillén( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The sociology of philosophies : a global theory of intellectual change
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Collins, R

Collins, Randall

Collins, Randall Alfred 1941-

Randall Collins Amerikaans socioloog

Randall Collins sociologo statunitense

Randall Collins sociologue américain

Randall Collins US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Коллинз, Рэндалл

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Conflict sociology : toward an explanatory scienceThe sociology of philosophies : a global theory of intellectual changeSociological insight : an introduction to nonobvious sociologyWeberian sociological theoryViolence : a micro-sociological theorySociology of marriage and the family : gender, love, and propertyMax Weber : a skeleton keyInteraction ritual chains