Sociology - The Structure of Social Action

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Talcott Parsons, (December 13, 1902 – May 8, 1979) was for many years the best-known sociologist in the United States, and indeed one of the best-known in the world. He produced a general theoretical system for the analysis of society that came to be called structural functionalism.

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Talcott Parsons, (December 13, 1902 May 8, 1979)was for many years the best-known sociologist in the United States, and indeed one of the best-known in the world. He produced a general theoretical system for the analysis of society that came to be called structural functionalism. Parsons' analysis was largely developed within his major published works:The Structure of Social Action (1937),The Social System (1951),Structure and Process in Modern Societies (1960),Sociological Theory and Modern Society (1968),Politics and Social Structure (1969).Parsons was an advocate of "grand theory," an attempt to integrate all the social sciences into an overarching theoretical framework. His early work "The Structure of Social Action" reviewed the output of his great predecessors, especially Max Weber, Vilfredo Pareto, and mile Durkheim, and attempted to derive from them a single "act

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