The Theory and Scholarship of Talcott Parsons to 1951: A Critical Commentary

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Cambridge University Press, 1989 - 208 pagina's
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The most influential sociologist to have emerged in the United States, Talcott Parsons developed a distinctive theoretical synthesis which drew on Weber, Smobart, Durkheim and Marx. He was the moving spirit behind the interdisciplinary Department of Social Relations at Harvard, and he became a central figure in the development of the social sciences in post-war America. Interest in his theories is now reviving, after a period of neglect, and Bruce C. Wearne's study will help a generation of scholars to reassess his work. Drawing on unpublished papers, Wearne describes Parson's religious background and his education and traces the impact of German and other social theory on his development as a scholar. The book concludes with a thorough and fresh reading of his classic work, The Social System.
 

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Introduction
3
Talcott Parsons in relation to the thought of his time
11
The Amherst Papers
19
Max Weber and the vision of a unified social science
41
The position and prospects of sociology at Harvard in the 1930s
61
Convergence and its construction
76
Conceptualizing The Social System
91
Developing The Social System
116
Formulating The Social System
133
The Social System
155
Conclusion
179
Some recent publishing on Talcott Parsons theory
188
List of references
195
Index of names
203
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