Collision of Wills: How Ambiguity about Social Rank Breeds by Roger V. Gould

By Roger V. Gould

Minor accounts, derisive feedback, a struggle over a automobile parking space, butting in line—these are the little issues that however account for a lot of the violence in human society. yet why? Roger V. Gould considers this fascinating query in Collision of Wills. He argues that human clash is likely to ensue in symmetrical relationships—among buddies or social equals—than in hierarchical ones, in which the adaptation of social rank among the 2 participants is already established.

This, he keeps, is simply because violence quite often happens whilst anyone desires to in attaining superiority or dominance over another individual, no matter if there is not any noticeable cause of doing so. In making the case for this unique notion, Gould explores a various diversity of examples, together with murders, blood feuds, vendettas, revolutions, and the typical disagreements that compel humans to behave violently. the result's an clever and provocative paintings that restores the learn of clash to the guts of social inquiry.

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R. Rivers, Kinship and Social Organization (London: Athlone, 1968); Bronislaw Malinowski, Argonauts of the Western Pacific (New York: Waveland, 1994); Theodore Caplow, "Rule Enforcement without Visible Means: Christmas Gift Giving in Middletown," American Journal of Sociology 89 (1984): 1306-23. 46 CHAPTER Two mal assignment of people to roles, informal "group structure" of this kind is principally observed sociometrically, that is, by observation of repeated interaction or occasionally by questionnaires.

The existence of formally organized authority—dominance backed up officially by other relations, themselves conditional on yet others, all described in official rules and procedures—suggests another way in which conflict can be more likely in some circumstances than others. Some contests for rank can be decided in isolation, that is, on the sole basis of the differences in strength, resolve, or skill at argument between the two persons directly involved. But in complex societies, and especially in adult life, such gladiatorial competition is the exception.

See Michelle Z. , Woman, Culture, and Society (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1974), especially Michelle Z. "; see also James G. Flanagan, "Hierarchy in Simple 'Egalitarian' Societies," Annual Review of Anthropology18 (1989): 245-66; Marilyn Strathern, The Gender of the Gift (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990); Eleanor Leacock, "Women's Status in Egalitarian Society: Implications for Social Evolution," Current Anthropology 19 (1982): 247-76; Jane F. Collier, Marriage and Inequality in Classless Societies (Stanford: Stanford University 60 CHAPTER Two carry major implications for understanding conflict.

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