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Collins, Randall 1941-

Works: 111 works in 650 publications in 13 languages and 16,678 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, Other, n, Author of introduction
Classifications: HM24, 301
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Most widely held works by Randall Collins
The discovery of society by Randall Collins( Book )

82 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,692 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
The sociology of philosophies : a global theory of intellectual change by Randall Collins( Book )

37 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,049 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
Conflict sociology : toward an explanatory science by Randall Collins( Book )

22 editions published between 1974 and 1982 in 5 languages and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three sociological traditions by Randall Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

30 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

35 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 829 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 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de theorieën van de Duitse socioloog (1864-1920)
Sociology of marriage and the family : gender, love, and property by Randall Collins( Book )

50 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and German and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interaction ritual chains by Randall Collins( Book )

31 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 727 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
Violence : a micro-sociological theory by Randall Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 701 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
Four sociological traditions by Randall Collins( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 543 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 )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 395 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 )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 349 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
Conflict sociology : a sociological classic updated by Randall Collins( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 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 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 277 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
Does capitalism have a future? by Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, and while all of 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"
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, Randall Alfred 1941-

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Randall Collins US-amerikanischer Soziologe

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The sociology of philosophies : a global theory of intellectual changeSociological insight : an introduction to nonobvious sociologyWeberian sociological theorySociology of marriage and the family : gender, love, and propertyMax Weber : a skeleton keyInteraction ritual chainsViolence : a micro-sociological theoryFour sociological traditions