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The updated version of Collins's critically-acclaimed Three Sociological Traditions, this text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought: the conflict tradition of Marx and Weber, the ritual solidarity of Durkheim, the microinteractionist tradition of Mead, Blumer, and Garfinkel, and — new to this edition — the utilitarian/rational choice tradition. Collins, one of the liveliest and most exciting writers in sociology today, traces the intellectual highlights of these four main schools from classical theories to current developments, introducing the roots of sociology and indicating the areas where progress has been made in our understanding, the areas where controversy still exists, and the direction in which sociology is headed.


This book is text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought:

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Randall Collins is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and a member of the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton) and The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Rise of the Social Sciences

Social Thought in the Agrarian Empires

Medieval Universities Create the Modern Intellectual

Economics: the First Social Science

The Rise of Public Schools and the University Revolution

The Development of the Disciplines

1. The Conflict Tradition

The Pivotal Position of Karl Marx

Friedrich Engels, the Sociologist in the Shadows

Max Weber and the Multidimensional Theory of Stratification

The Twentieth Century Intermingles Marxian and Weberian Ideas

APPENDIX: Simmel, Coser, and Functionalist Conflict Theory

2. The Rational/Utilitarian Tradition

The Original Rise and Fall of Utilitarian Philosophy

Bringing the Individual Back In

Sociology Discovers Sexual and Marriage Markets

Three Applications of Sociological Markets: Educational Inflation, Split Labor Markets, Illegal Goods

The Paradoxes and Limits of Rationality

Proposed Rational Solutions for Creating Social Solidarity Economics Invades Sociology, and Vice Versa

The Rational Theory of the State

The New Utilitarian Policy Science

3. The Durkheimian Tradition

Sociology as the Science of Social Order

Two Wings: The Macro Tradition

The Second Wing: The Lineage of Social Anthropology

Ritual Exchange Networks: The Micro/Macro Linkage

The Future of the Durkheimian Tradition

4. The Microinteractionist Tradition

A Native American Sociology

The Pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce

Society Is in The Mind: Cooley

George Herbert Mead's Sociology of Thinking

Blumer Creates Symbolic Interactionism

The Sociology of Consciousness: Husserl, Schutz, and Garfinkel

Erving Goffman's Counterattack

A Summing Up





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