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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Infuriating to say the least. Collins has absolutely no experience or qualifying credentials to speak about violence. The man has never been on a battle field, on the street with criminals, or in the ring with an opponent. The rich son of an Army Intelligence Officer who spent the majority of his life in academia. Collins is clearly anti-military, anti-police, favors communism, and associates himself with noted anarchists like Noam Chomsky. If violence goes against human physiological hard wiring, then why have human beings engaged in constant conflict since the dawn of time? Violent confrontation could be argued to be what makes humans, in fact, humans. If Collins were to write a similar text explaining how to conduct medical surgeries, or how to construct towering buildings that last eons with the same irresponsible rhetoric in this text, there would be a massive out cry of fraud from the medical and architectural fields. Collins chose to challenge the topic of violence and title members of the military, police, and professional athletes as cowards because he believes he will not be challenged due to his international notoriety, and fathomless academic awards. The realm of criminal justice and military science is a sensitive realm for those who lack the fortitude to face true cowards, and truly violent individuals. I challenge anyone who read this book and agree with Collins: enlist, wear the badge, climb into the ring. Fight, serve, and sacrifice. All who fail to do so are the true cowards. You enjoy your peace and freedom but refuse to pay for them your self. Instead, you willingly let others fight, serve, and sacrifice so you don't have to. Collins wouldn't dare write an entire book claiming to know how to perform surgery, because he has no training or experience in that field. What makes him qualified, then, to write about violence since his whole experience is solely based on movies and books, rather than personal experience. This book was a travesty and a fraud.
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II Bullying Mugging and Holdups
Staging Fair Fights
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