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Theorizing Our Conflict Zones

Conflict Theories of Society

From: Restless Ideas


The Human Habit of Social Conflict … 96

Optimism, Pessimism or Realism? … 100

Origins of Conflict Theory … 102

Modern Sociological Conflict Theory … 105

The Structural Conflict Theory of Ralf Dahrendorf … 108

Randall Collins’s Social Theory of Cruelty … 118

Jack Goldstone’s Theory of Revolution … 121

Future Theories of Revolution … 128

Conflict Theory and Terrorism … 130

Looking Ahead … 134

References … 135



Tony Simmons

Tony Simmons teaches sociology at Athabasca University. He is the author of Revitalizing the Classics: What Past Social Theorists Can Teach Us Today and co-author of Reading Organizational Theory: A Critical Approach to the Study of Organizational Behaviour and Structure.