Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)

Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)

Randall Collins


Sex, smoking, and social stratification are 3 very diverse social phenomena. And but, argues sociologist Randall Collins, they and masses else in our social lives are pushed via a typical strength: interplay rituals. Interaction Ritual Chains is an immense paintings of sociological concept that makes an attempt to improve a "radical microsociology." It proposes that winning rituals create symbols of crew club and pump up people with emotional power, whereas failed rituals drain emotional power. all people flows from scenario to state of affairs, interested in these interactions the place their cultural capital supplies them the easiest emotional power payoff. pondering, too, should be defined by way of the internalization of conversations in the circulation of occasions; person selves are completely and regularly social, created from the surface in.

the 1st half Interaction Ritual Chains relies at the vintage analyses of Durkheim, Mead, and Goffman and attracts on micro-sociological learn on dialog, physically rhythms, feelings, and highbrow creativity. the second one part discusses how such actions as intercourse, smoking, and social stratification are formed through interplay ritual chains. for instance, the e-book addresses the emotional and symbolic nature of sexual exchanges of all sorts--from hand-holding to masturbation to sexual relationships with prostitutes--while describing the interplay rituals they contain. This booklet will attraction not just to psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists, yet to these in fields as diversified as human sexuality, spiritual experiences, and literary theory.

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