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Explosive Conflict
Time-Dynamics of Violence

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ISBN 9781032157702
February 17, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This sequel to Collins' world-influential micro-sociology of violence introduces the question of time-dynamics: what determines how long conflict lasts and how much damage it does. Inequality and hostility are not enough to explain when and where violence breaks out. Time-dynamics are the time-bubbles when people are most nationalistic; the hours after a protest starts when violence is most likely to happen. Ranging from the three months of nationalism and hysteria after 9/11/01 to the assault on the Capitol in 2021, Collins shows what makes some protests more violent than others and why some revolutions are swift and non-violent tipping-points while others devolve into lengthy civil wars. Winning or losing are emotional processes, continuing in the era of computerized war, while high-tech spawns terrorist tactics of hiding in the civilian population and using cheap features of the Internet as substitutes for military organization. Nevertheless, Collins offers some optimistic discoveries on clues to mass rampages and heading off police atrocities, with practical lessons from time-dynamics of violence.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Emergent and Self-Propelling Conflicts, Part 1. Time-Dynamics, 1 C-Escalation and D-escalation: A Theory of the Time-Dynamics of Conflict, 2 Time-bubbles of Nationalism, 3 Tipping-point Revolutions and State-breakdown Revolutions: Why Revolutions Succeed or Fail, 4 Time-Dynamics of Violence from Micro to Macro, Part 2. The Eye of the Needle: Emotional Processes, 5 Material Interests are Ambiguous, so Interaction Rituals Steer Political Movements, 6 Mood Swings in the Downfall of the English Revolution, 7 When History Holds its Breath: the Takeoff of the French Revolution, 8 Assault on the US Capitol: 2021, 1917, 1792, Part 3. War and Sport: Dynamics of Winning, Losing, and Stalemate, 9 Micro-sociology of Sport, 10 Battle Victory and Defeat, 11 High-tech War in Theory and Reality, 12 Terrorist Tactics: Symbiosis with High-tech, 13 Emotional Domination and Resistance to Sexual Aggression, 14 Clues to Mass Rampage Killers, 15 Cool-headed Cops Needed (and Cool Heads on the Street): Heart-rate Monitors Can Head Off Atrocities, Conclusion: Optimistic Discoveries in the Sociology of Violence

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Randall Collins is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His articles and books are influential in many academic disciplines throughout the world. His books include Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory (Princeton University Press), The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (Harvard University Press), and Conflict Sociology: A Sociological Classic Updated (Routledge).