Conflitto e solidarietà sociale. Il ruolo delle emozioni e della morale nell’impianto teorico di Randall Collins

Conflict and Social Solidarity. The Role of Emotions and Morals in the Theoretical Framework of Randall Collins

  • Luca Bifulco Federico II University of Naples, Italy


This work aims to be an in-depth analysis of Randall Collins’ theoretical pattern bringing together conflict, social solidarity and the emotional foundation of everyday life. The starting point is his interaction rituals theory, in which the link between emotions, solidarity, morality and social action is significant. This theoretical model is then used by the American sociologist to understand conflicts and violence-related phenomena.The article aims to present in an exhaustive way these aspects of Collins’ theoretical effort, with its merits and limitations, highlighting the central role of emotional energy.


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