His recent books include Grounded Nationalisms: A Sociological Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Rise of Organised Brutality: A Historical Sociology of Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2017, recipient of the ASA book award in 2018), Nation-States and Nationalisms: Organisation, Ideology and Solidarity (Polity, 2013) and The Sociology of War and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Google Scholar. This theory from sociologist Randall Collins, says that all interpersonal relationships are interaction rituals. His first academic job at the University of Wisconsin, first promoted at the University of California-San Diego, then professor at the University of Virginia, senior professor at the University of California-Riverside, and most recently, endowed Chair at the University of Pennsylvania. As violent episodes break everyday routine activities and as such disrupt collective ritual cooperation, they create tension and emotional discomfort. In Contemporary Populist Politics through the Macroscopic Lens of Collins’ Conflict Theory, Ralph Schroeder argues that although Collins is a leading historical sociologist, especially evident in his early macro-oriented work focusing on conflict, he fails to tie together and explain the interplay between the various strands of his thinking centred on economic change, the role of geo-politics and social movements. Randall Collins. A sociologist who concentrated on theory, with an encyclopedic knowledge of world history and in particular intellectual history, I regard him as a candidate for greatest intellectual of the 20th century whom no one outside his field knows. It is a compelling argument." Hence the nation-state, as the dominant form of organisational power in modernity and the only institution capable of monopolising the legitimate use of violence over a specific territory, becomes the key power player in the geopolitical arena. One of the key arguments advanced is that most individuals are adverse to, and incompetent at, violence in face-to-face contexts. Weberian Sociological Theory. 6. He is a leading contemporary social theorist whose areas of expertise include Goffman’s discussion of maintaining honour and face in a social setting is fundamentally important for understanding the production and reproduction of the social order. For more information view the SAGE Journals Sharing page. 5. Eschewing interpretivist visions of the sociological project, Collins is an unabashed advocate of positivism and attempts, in his theoretical work, to formulate "generalized, causal, empirical explanations" for … I’m going to show how conflict theory is applicable to different levels of social He has taught in many notable universities around the world and his academic works have been translated into various languages. Social structures are inseparable from the actors; creating social organization Marxian theory as a “starting point” Social Stratification Collins criticizes the great theories of stratification (Marx and Weber) Collins, Weber and phenomenology Collins used Marx and Weber as A theory of Alzheimer’s . Randy is a true intellectual, but he also knows how to have a good time and enjoy life. In addition, he has held many visiting positions at elite universities and institutes in the United States and around the globe. Thus, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the presidency of ASA than Randall Collins. In addition, he read papers from scholars from all over the world; he gave many talks on and off campus; he participated in public debates (mostly with me) for the benefit of our graduate students; and in general, Randy created an intellectual synergy and dynamism that is rare. The level of interpersonal interaction is all-inclusive; by the same token, it is highly abstract. Another quality Randy possesses is that he is both an easy-going "good guy" and, at the same time, a constantly engaged intellectual—fun to talk to, drink and laugh with, and (in the old days when I was younger and foolish) to smoke cigars with, while still managing to discuss the state of affairs in sociology. How does the “Marxist” approach differ from the Functionalist approach? Even those sociologists who analysed its underpinning and mechanisms tended to focus on its derivation from state-formation. With his two children often in tow (who somehow managed to entertain themselves), we discussed theory and began a series of lifelong arguments from which I have learned a great deal. William James' Whole-Body Psychology, With A Theory of Alzheimer's Disease. Impressed and intrigued, I eagerly bought and read Conflict Sociology: Toward an Explanatory Science (1975) and began to think that my colleague might be right. Hy het onderrig gegee aan baie noemenswaardige universiteite regoor die wêreld en sy akademiese werke is in verskillende tale vertaal. In methodological terms Conflict Sociology challenges hard positivism and relativist interpretivism, arguing that sociological research can still generate cumulative knowledge without adopting the science-driven paradigm. Some of the major failures in Collins’s approach constitute part of a sociology of absences characterising his work. Many black and female students are now enrolled in ‘Lower Ed’ profit-oriented institutions with high tuition costs but low levels of symbolic prestige. ↑ Collins, Randall (2015). The Credential Society: A 1979 book by Randall Collins which argues that public schools are social institutions that teach and reward middle class values of competition and achievement. In: George Ritzer (Hg. Simply select your manager software from the list below and click on download. He has written on migration in Ireland, the work of Anthony Giddens from a sociology of knowledge point of view, and Norbert Elias. In the popular misconception fostered by blockbuster action movies and best-selling thrillers—not to mention conventional explanations by social scientists—violence is easy under certain conditions, like poverty, racial or ideological hatreds, or family pathologies. Randy’s most recent books—Interaction Ritual Chains (2004) and Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory (2008) and his in-progress book on Time-Dynamics of Conflict—all attest to the continuity in his theoretical approach since Conflict Sociology was first published (and republished this year by Paradigm Press). He has even quit academia occasionally to be a private scholar; and, on the side, he somehow managed to write engaging novels. This micro-sociological research is balanced with Collins’s continuous interest in the macro-sociology of organised violence, including a number of recent journal articles and chapters on war, revolutions, time-dynamics of crowd violence, forward panic, geopolitics and fighting efficacy. 1120 pages. Nevertheless, his theory fails to address the importance of nationalism, especially as it operates in small states or those with an absence of geo-political dominance. The situations where interactional ritual chains attain high emotional intensity generate the state of collective effervescence, a concept Durkheim coined to describe the focused group attention characterised by synchronic rhythms of bodies and minds. For example, his novel concepts and ideas, such as the interaction ritual chains, forward panic, credential society, and the micro-foundations of macro-sociology, among many others, have had a wide application across many disciplines including political science, international relations, security studies, anthropology, history, geography, criminology, psychology, nationalism studies and sociology. Some society journals require you to create a personal profile, then activate your society account, You are adding the following journals to your email alerts, Did you struggle to get access to this article? in psychology at Stanford (1964); and Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley (1969), where he studied with Herbert Blumer, Erving Goffman, and Reinhard Bendix. For Collins violent encounters generate similar human responses that are characterised by confrontational tension and fear. These intellectual networks tend to rely on intergenerational chains and their influence is dependent on profound disagreements with competing schools of thought. And yet, argues sociologist Randall Collins, they and much else in our social lives are driven by a common force: interaction rituals. At the same time, this emotional energy then leads you to repeat the ritual so you can get even more energy. Randall Collins is Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania. During the 1980s and 1990s Collins shifted his attention towards macro-sociological themes exploring the impact of geopolitical change, nation-state formation, wars, revolutions and ethnic conflicts. If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box. More specifically, Collins argues that ‘interaction ritual chains’ underpin much of human micro-level relations. The book attempted to question the conventional understandings of education as a fair and successful vehicle of social mobility as well as the functionalist idea that increases in the number of highly educated graduates reflected greater demand from the expanding social system. The level of interpersonal interaction is all-inclusive; by the same token, it is highly abstract. the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. The term “conflict theory” came into wide use in sociology during the 1960s, when it was seen as an alternative to and rival of functionalism. The book challenges the conventional views that identify great discoveries and novel ideas with unique talents and experiences of brilliant individuals and shows that new interpretative horizons are inevitably collective processes involving relatively small networks of socially interdependent scholars. View or download all content the institution has subscribed to. In the final paper, ‘Grounding Nationalism: Randall Collins and the Sociology of Nationhood’, Siniša Malešević examines the relative, though by no means absolute, neglect of nationalism in the work of the classical sociologists. Randy’s books are widely translated and cited in almost every place on earth where social scientists think, talk, and write. The fundamental bases of sexual stratification are human sexual drives in conjunction with male physical dominance. Hence most human beings are reluctant to engage in violent encounters, and when compelled to take part in such violent situations they are usually inept or even paralysed by fear. His work has been highly influential within and outside sociology. Thus, in Max Weber: A Skeleton Key (1985), the Weberian Sociological Theory (1986), and Macro-History: Essays in Sociology of the Long Run (1999), and many articles and book chapters published in this period, Collins advances a conflict and status-centred analysis of social relations. Sex, smoking, and social stratification are three very different social phenomena. Collins’ current work includes macro patterns of violence including contemporary war, as well as solutions to police violence. 1002-1019. We team taught several courses in a point-counterpoint format—even one with more faculty than students. A few famous lines: “the saddle-back of the present”; the world is “a blooming, buzzing confusion” (he meant, … To reduce its myriad complexities to causal order requires theory on another level of analysis. 1986. 3. New York: Cambridge University Press. If you have the appropriate software installed, you can download article citation data to the citation manager of your choice. This absence is especially evident in his failure to account for contemporary macro changes entailing the rise of populism. Publication Date: 03/15/2000. Lean Library can solve it. Some of my own work has been enormously influenced by Randy’s work and the many long-lasting debates that we had nurtured over the years. These studies emphasise the role emotions, rituals and routine encounters play in social life. Members of _ can log in with their society credentials below. (From Randall Collins, Conflict Sociology. Collins is currently Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. 1979. Sociological Insight is a short book, subtitled… "Offering a wealth of observations...Randall Collins's overall theory is neat: violence is not easy, hence relatively rare. It would seem that he has done all that at an academic can do, but I cannot imagine that he is finished. Randall Collins is arguably one of the world’s leading social theorists and one of the most prominent American sociologists. Marshall’s flawed empirical fieldwork in which soldiers refrained from firing on their enemies. Randall Collins is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and a member of the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. This theory was fully developed in his magnum opus The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (1998). Office Address: University of Pennsylvania . The New Synthesis. Randall Collins:A Smart and Influential TheoristProfessor Randall Collins has had a remarkable career. His most recent books are Bourdieu’s Theory of the State: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave, 2017) and State Power and Asylum Seekers (Palgrave, 2018, with Steve Quilley). His Durkheimian focus on symbols and rituals as well as Weberian foregrounding of geo-politics integrates a macro and micro focus, which examines nationalism in terms of effervescent time-bubbles and has been of tremendous significance for the study of nationalism. This product could help you, Accessing resources off campus can be a challenge. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 245-259. Randy is certainly one of the most cited sociologists ever, and he has published an enormous body of work. He read my papers quickly and offered many comments and suggestions, and I also read his. Weblinks World. There have been many lunches, dinners, parties, hikes, car rides, and sailing trips where we continued to talk sociology. It starts with sensory input of some kind: sight, sound, senses in the body or on its surface. In Western society, there has been increasing reliance on formal qualifications or certification for jobs. --Jane Kilby, Times Higher Education "Insofar as his analysis has sought to highlight its micro-situational aspects, he must be applauded. AB from Harvard College, MA from Stanford (in psychology), and MA and PhD from Berkeley (in sociology). Randall Collins is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and a member of the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has made an enormous contribution to sociological theory, the study of state formation, power, violence, sociology of the family, social stratification, sociology of emotions, historical and political sociology, the sociology of education, and the sociology of intellectuals. The first two represent extremes in terms of the varieties of capitalism while the latter two represent developing societies. Collins, Randall. The classical tradition of theory in sociology moves in three distinct directions: the Marxian, Weberian, and Durkheimian. New York: Academic Press, 1974, pp.56-61. Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. Collins is currently Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. In the last paper Randall Collins thoughtfully reflects and responds to the ideas and arguments of all these papers, pointing to developments and misunderstandings in his impressive oeuvre. Instead, King draws on another aspect of Goffman’s work: his emphasis on maintaining face and honour in interactions, which has been generalised in Scheff’s micro-sociological approach. In contrast Collins shows persuasively that education has very limited impact on the existing patterns of social stratification and that the continuous increase in educational credentials is not related to job requirements. We begin with Michal Mann. Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory Randall Collins. I would never have been pulled into the sociology of emotions, I suspect, had I not wanted to demonstrate that negative emotions as much as positive emotional energy drive interactions, nor would I have written the two books on institutions unless I desired to demonstrate (to Randy and the many doubters) that institutions are real emergent structures, not just reifications; I would not have begun to theorize at the micro social order unless I wanted to demonstrate that other key dynamics operate beyond interaction rituals. We would sometimes meet in places where one of us happened to be for an afternoon or day. Even on ceremonial occasions, such as when his wife (then, a superior court judge) officiated at the wedding of two of my children, we still managed to talk some sociology. However, despite this wide intellectual and cross-disciplinary appeal there has not been much critical assessment of Collins’s contribution to sociology. What, according to Collins, are the weaknesses of the Functionalist approach? These and many other organisational developments were introduced to overcome the universal confrontational tension and fear that is triggered by violent encounters. Sociology Department . Randall Collins:A Smart and Influential Theorist. He is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. This novel analytical framework is deployed to explain very different forms of social action ranging from smoking rituals and social stratification patterns to sexual practices and formal political institutions. Login failed. However, it is in Collins’s book on violence that this theory has received the most comprehensive application. FundingThe author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Google Scholar. It has been a distinct honor and pleasure to be Randy’s friend for more than 30 years and, for 12 years, his colleague at University of California-Riverside (UCR). I am sure members will enjoy the 2011 ASA Annual Meeting for which Randy has chosen the theme, "Social Conflict: Multiple Dimensions and Arenas.". Collins is tans die Dorothy Swaine Thomas professor in sosiologie, emeritus aan die Universiteit van Pennsilvanië. Bits and pieces are famous: The James-Lange theory that you feel afraid because you run away, not vice versa. Although sociology does not possess the cognitive consensus or the rapid discovery model, both of which characterise the natural sciences, sociologists can build predictive theories that can be tested empirically. Initially, the term seemed merely to identify a more politically neutral Marxian perspective, but for some it meant something much broader. 109-132 in Sociology Since Midcentury: Essays in Theory Cumulation. As you know, Marx was centrally concerned with class and the dialectics of capitalism. Interaction Ritual Chains is a major work of sociological theory that attempts to develop a “radical microsociology.” These books demonstrate the breadth of his knowledge, his ability to creatively incorporate the classical and contemporary theoretical approaches into a novel framework for analysis and his capacity to apply these theoretical insights to a variety of empirical contexts. Three-part model: sensory input -- central channeling -- action output From a physiological perspective, everything that we call psychological involves a 3-part sequence. He has taught in many notable universities around the world and his academic works have been translated into various languages. He carried a large load of graduate students and brought out the best in them, just as he continues to do at the University of Pennsylvania. I cannot remember when we first met, but I had heard of him before I had read his work. Examining the experiences of American and British soldiers in wars from the 1860s onwards, Mann points instead to the role of coercive military organisation and fear and loathing in explaining the persistence of military non-fire, rather than moral qualms. --Jane Kilby, Times Higher Education "Insofar as his analysis has sought to highlight its micro-situational aspects, he must be applauded. Such a sociological absence, he argues, was reinforced by scholars of nationalism who were for the most part non-sociologists. I had an often-loud dialogue with Randy, just as many others around the globe have used Randy’s ideas to stimulate their work in a more silent dialogue. And yet, argues sociologist Randall Collins, they and much else in our social lives are driven by a common force: interaction rituals. Variations in the (From Randall Collins, Conflict Sociology. Randall Collins is Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania. Steven Loyal is an associate professor of Sociology at University College Dublin. Randall Collins is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and a member of the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. The second section offers a summary overview of the papers that comprise the special issue. PAPERBACK. Randall Collins’ piece, “Interaction Ritual Theory,” draws on the works of Erving Goffman and Émile Durkheim. Lea David in ‘Human Rights, Memory and Micro-solidarity’ shifts the focus from Collins’s macro to micro analyses by engaging with Collin’s work on ritual and emotional energy, developed in his book Interaction Ritual Chains, to examine the relation between human rights, micro-solidarity and social action. Rather than producing a shared sense of solidarity centred on human rights, organised workshops with face-to-face interactions between Israelis and Palestinians created and entrenched feelings of ethnic solidarity, polarising the groups further. Hence in Conflict Sociology (1975) Collins rejects structural-functionalist explanations and Parsons’s one-dimensional reading of Weber while also being critical of the conventional Marxist accounts of social conflict. The first section briefly reviews Collins’s main books and assesses their impact on social science. He has taught in many notable universities around the world and his academic works have been translated into various languages. Hy het onderrig gegee aan baie noemenswaardige universiteite regoor die wêreld en sy akademiese werke is in verskillende tale vertaal. Randall Collins is arguably one of the world’s leading social theorists and probably the most prominent American sociologist. ): Research Agendas in the Sociology of Emotions. And yet, argues sociologist Randall Collins, they and much else in our social lives are driven by a common force: interaction rituals. Consequently, the institutions and organisations that coordinate actions of large numbers of individuals tend to be shaped by similar incentives – to enhance their status and prestige. His books include Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton) and The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change . He examines the rise of populism in four countries: the US, Sweden, India, and China. Weberian Sociological Theory. The e-mail addresses that you supply to use this service will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. Sign in here to access free tools such as favourites and alerts, or to access personal subscriptions, If you have access to journal content via a university, library or employer, sign in here, Research off-campus without worrying about access issues. Randall Collins is arguably one of the world’s leading social theorists and probably the most prominent American sociologist. This special issue aims to go further in order to explore different aspects of Collins’s work, including his theories of violence, interaction ritual chains, credential society, conflict sociology, nationalism, geo-political change and his sociology of emotions… Collins is tans die Dorothy Swaine Thomas professor in sosiologie, emeritus aan die Universiteit van Pennsilvanië. Siniša Malešević is a full professor/chair of Sociology at University College, Dublin. Randall Collins is widely regarded as a leading figure in contemporary sociological theory. His books include Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton) and The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. In his view, social actions are shaped by the emotional energies displayed in face-to-face encounters where high energy individuals tend to direct much of these collective interfaces. In this period Collins also published several influential books focusing on the wider theoretical developments within sociology, including Sociology since Mid-century: Essays in Theory Cumulation (1981), Sociological Insight: An Introduction to Non-obvious Sociology (1982), Three Sociological Traditions (1985) and Theoretical Sociology (1988). Nevertheless, even this comprehensive edited volume focuses only on the micro-sociological aspects of Collins’s work while largely ignoring much of his more numerous macro-sociological contributions. The focal point of the two central books published in this period, Interaction Ritual Chains (2004) and Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory (2008), is the micro world of everyday interactions. Collins, Randall (1990b): Stratification, Emotional Energy and the Transient Emotions, in: Theodore D. Kemper (Hg. This approach conceptualises human beings as social and conflict-driven creatures focused on maximising their social status positions. Of the many foundational works that Randy has written, Conflict Sociology is for me his best because it is an effort to develop a general theory—stated in a system of abstract laws—of human society at the micro, meso, and macro levels of social reality. In Weberian Sociological Theory (1986) and Macro-History (1999) Collins explores how nation-states attain legitimacy, prestige and resources through symbolic, political, economic and military victories in the wider international contexts. For Mann, Collins’s work is problematical in that it focuses on the emotional states of soldiers, diminishing the organisational bases of military efficiency or the ‘frictions of battle’, and because he sees violence as morally repugnant to human beings. I have read and accept the terms and conditions, View permissions information for this article. Hence by zooming in on the different intellectual traditions and on the ways new interpretative frameworks are generated, Collins devised a unique theory of intellectual change that explores not only how new knowledge is created but also how and why some theories gain influence while others remain invisible. Google Scholar. This work introduces the early elements of his famous "interaction rituals," which Randy argues are the driving force of the micro, meso, and macro social orders. Steven Loyal in ‘Bourdieu and Collins on the Reproduction of Elites’ returns to analysing macro processes, again focusing on Collins’s credential society, but this time comparing it with Bourdieu’s work in the sociology of education, and especially his book The State Nobility. What emerges from this history is a social theory of intellectual change, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. Randall Collins (born July 29, 1941) is an American sociologist who has been influential in both his teaching and writing. Some of these macro-sociological issues will receive more extensive attention in Collins’s forthcoming book on the time dynamics of violent conflicts. And, despite the long commute from San Diego (at times staying over night at my place) and his constant travels all over the world, he was not, in any intellectual sense, "absent." 109-132 in Sociology Since Midcentury: Essays in Theory Cumulation. Find out about Lean Library here, If you have access to journal via a society or associations, read the instructions below. Dr. Randall Collins is an American sociologist who has been influential in both his teaching and writing. New York: Academic Press. An Interview with Randall Collins. Google Scholar. In Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory (2008) Collins shows how even the most individualist forms of violence, such as assassinations, suicide bombings or sniper shootings, entail a substantive degree of ritualism and collective interaction. 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