Collins, Randall

Randall Collins (b. 1941) is best known for his insightful reading of Weber's macrotheory and his proposed strategy to link micro- and macro-theories. Most of his theoretical ideas began to take shape in his widely cited book, Conflict Sociology: Toward an Explanatory Science, published in 1972, soon after he received his doctorate at University of California at Berkeley, in 1969. In this book, he advocates the development of scientific sociology in which sociological research and theory move toward the construction of generalized explanatory theories. By “explanatory,” Collins means that these theories should be able to provide the conditions under which certain events will or will not occur, in the form of testable statements. By “generalized,” Collins refers to theories of social dynamics that are applicable ...

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