"Covering infinitely recurrent strips of social action running from blustering confrontation to intimate physical attack, Violence is peppered with breakthrough insights, demonstrating the power of systematic theory and even concluding with that rarest of sociological contributions, a short list of eminently practical suggestions. The concept of 'forward panic' alone makes the book indispensable. This book is a milestone contribution to criminology, to micro-sociology, to the sociology of emotions, and to a field that knows no academic boundaries: the history of efforts to control violence. Randy Collins has developed a framework that should guide a generation of research."--Jack Katz, University of California, Los Angeles
"I have no doubt that this book will be hailed as one of the most important works on violence ever written. After reading it, it is difficult any longer to imagine that all that is needed for violence to occur is a motive to engage in violence. Collins argues persuasively that the situation must also be right if violence is actually to occur."--Donald Black, author of The Social Structure of Right and Wrong
"A masterful study of the microdynamics of violence. This book will undoubtedly provoke excitement and controversy among a wide group of readers, including educated nonspecialists as well as academics, journalists, law-enforcement professionals, and policymakers. Truly an original book."--Eiko Ikegami, author of The Taming of the Samurai--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While Randall's theory may be correct most of the time, there are many cases throughout history where this is simply not so. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William Lyons
I am still only about half way through. The book is full of insights about violence that I always knew but somehow couldn't articulate or put together in a structured way. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Definitely I reccomend this product. It is an excelent book of one of the best american sociologyst, and arrived just in time!Published 11 months ago by Brenda
An astonishing amount of research is presented in a readable narrative. This book must be in the library of any serious military historian. The scholarship is most impressive.Published on January 24, 2012 by F. J. West