Professor Randall Collins visits Cardiff to give Distinguished Lecture
30 September 2013
Professor Randall Collins
The School of Social Sciences recently hosted a Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture, welcoming Professor Randall Collins from the University of Pennsylvania.
Randall Collins is a Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology who presented his talk on ‘Violence as Emotional Dominance: Micro-sociological causes’.
The lecture considered why emotional dominance of one’s opponent is the key to what happens in violence-threatening situations, it explored the causes of emotional dominance and offered practical advice in dealing with violent situations.
Professor Collins is an eminent sociologist, former President of the American Sociological Association and a world-leading contemporary social theorist. His most recent publications have been based on his research into the Sociology of Philosophies, Macro-History, Interaction Ritual Chains and a Micro-sociological theory of violence.
The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to Cardiff University and a wider audience to showcase their work. The series has the specific objective of contributing to the establishment and consolidation of Cardiff's international reputation for academic impact.
Professor Collins' work and his lecture resonated with internationally recognised research carried out by the Universities Police Sciences Institute (UPSI). Work by this award-winning institute has helped police tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Watch Professor Collins’ lecture in full: