Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory
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. Randall Collins challenges this view in Violence, arguing that violent confrontation goes against human physiological hardwiring. It is the exception, not the rule--regardless of the underlying conditions or motivations.
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It is an interesting book in which the author concentrates his focus of attention on the majority of people who are not inclined to violence in general. For example, he describes that most soldiers use their weapon incompetently during wars. The number of casualties is extremely smaller than the number of bullets used. However, there is a minority among soldiers who are extremely effective warriors and the majority of casualties which are not caused by artillery and other heavy weapon are caused by them. The author does not give detailed analysis of this minority. Also, there are sadists, real sadists who are inclined to violence under any conditions, unlike the majority of people. They are totally overlooked.
The book is worth of reading.