This new edition is a substantial abridgment and update of Randall Collins's 1975 classic, Conflict Sociology. The first edition represented the most powerful and comprehensive statement of conflict theory in its time. Here, Sanderson has retained the core chapters and added discussions on Collins's and others' work in recent years. An afterword summarizes Collins's latest forays into microsociological theorizing and attempts to demonstrate how his newer microsociology and older macrosociology are connected.
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 Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. He is the author of numerous articles and many books, including Evolutionism and Its Critics (Paradigm 2007).
Editor's Preface Author's Original Preface Chapter 1: The Bases of Scientific Sociology Chapter 2: A Theory of Stratification Chapter 3: Microsociology and Stratification Chapter 4: A Short History of Deference and Demeanor (with Joan Annett) Chapter 5: State, Economy, and Ideology Chapter 6: Inequalities of Wealth Afterword References Index About the Author and Editor