Talcott Parsons And The Conceptual Dilemma Rle Social Theory

Author: Hans P.M. Adriaansens
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317650581
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Talcott Parsons And The Conceptual Dilemma Rle Social Theory from the Author: Hans P.M. Adriaansens. This systematic analysis of the nature and development of Talcott Parson’s theory of action offers first an introduction to the conceptual paradigm upon which this theory is based – an introduction, that is, which will make Parson’s writing more easily accessible. Second, the book gives an explanation of the development which the action theory has undergone during the half-century of Parson’s career. Using a scheme of four theory-levels, the author indicates the crucial premises that can be distilled from Parson’s early works. He argues that Parsons, from the very start of his career, was trying to translate abstract premises into a systematically constructed conceptual scheme. The first conceptual translation, however, turned out to be vague and inconsistent in many respects, and this study offers a very specific explanation of the inadequacy of this first (structural-functional) version of the theory of action. Dr Adriaansens argues that it was not until Parsons had found his way out of this ‘conceptual dilemma’ that the premises of the action theory could be adequately translated into a conceptual paradigm.

Talcott Parsons On Economy And Society Rle Social Theory

Author: Bryan S. Turner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317652258
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Talcott Parsons On Economy And Society Rle Social Theory from the Author: Bryan S. Turner. 'In this remarkable collection of essays, Holton and Turner demonstrate that Parsonian sociology addresses the most central problems of our time – issues of sickness and health, power and inequality, the nature of capitalism and its possible alternatives. They develop a mature and original perspective on Parsons as the only classical theorist who avoided crippling nostalgia. Holton and Turner not only talk about Parsonian sociology in a profound and insightful way, they do it, and do it well. As sociology moves away from the rigid dichotomies of earlier debate, this book will help point the way.' – Jeffrey Alexander, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology, UCLA

Zeitgen Ssische Amerikanische Soziologie

Author: Hans-Peter MĂŒller
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783810016720
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Zeitgen Ssische Amerikanische Soziologie from the Author: Hans-Peter MĂŒller. Nach der Ära der dominanten Großtheorien von Habermas und Luhmann befindet sich die deutsche Soziologie in einer Umbruchssituation. Offen fĂŒr theoretische, methodische und sachliche Anregungen, bietet ihr gerade die zeitgenössische amerikanische Soziologie eine FĂŒlle von Anschlußperspektiven, die befruchtend auf die Diskussion hierzulande wirken können. Die Auswahl von Autoren und AufsĂ€tzen reprĂ€sentiert die Hauptlinien der amerikanischen Soziologie der letzten fĂŒnfzehn Jahre. Die Texte stehen stellvertretend fĂŒr zentrale Trends in der amerikanischen Soziologie, wie die analytische Mikro-Makro-Orientierung, die Renaissance kultursoziologischer Fragestellungen, die zunehmende historisch-komparative Ausrichtung oder den sogenannten "New Institutionalism". Zum Teil haben sie die Theorieentwicklung selbst angestoßen und geprĂ€gt. Allesamt sind sie Ausdruck fĂŒr ein neues theoretisches Bewußtsein, das an die Stelle von Großtheorien AnsĂ€tze mittlerer Reichweite rĂŒckt, deren analytischer Charakter sich in theoretisch inspirierten, methodisch raffinierten und kompetent angelegten empirischen Studien niederschlĂ€gt. Der vorliegende Band möchte einen Beitrag zur laufenden Diskussion leisten. Denn vielleicht stellt die amerikanische Soziologie am Ende dieses Jahrhunderts einen ebenso wichtigen Impulsgeber fĂŒr die Weiterentwicklung der deutschen Soziologie dar, wie dies in umgekehrter Richtung zu Beginn des Jahrhunderts der Fall war.

Talcott Parsons

Author: Roland Robertson Bryan S. Turner
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446237434
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Talcott Parsons from the Author: Roland Robertson Bryan S. Turner. This volume offers a reappraisal of Parsons' work by leading social theorists, who place his writing at the centre of current controversies over modernity, postmodernity and globalization. The wide-ranging discussion encompasses Parsons' value commitments and his place in American social theory, the problems of interpreting his work today, his conception of world history, and the contemporary neofunctionalist movement. Parsons' own work is represented by a previously neglected essay on American values that is central to an understanding of his analysis of modernization.

Social Theory Today

Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804715140
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Social Theory Today from the Author: Anthony Giddens. Social theory has undergone dramatic changes over the past fifteen years. The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive survey of those changes, and an authoritative statement on current trends of development in social thought. The contents of the book range in a systematic way across the major traditions of social theory prominent today. Among the topics covered are the relationships between modern social theory and the 'classics' of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the connections between social theory and mathematical social science; and the logical status of generalizations in the social sciences. Traditions of thought discussed include: behaviourism; symbolic interactionism; Parsonian theory; analytical theory; structuralism and post-structuralism; ethnomethodology; structuration theory; world systems theory; Marxism and critical theory.

Theory Of Action Routledge Revivals

Author: Richard MĂŒnch
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113682068X
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Theory Of Action Routledge Revivals from the Author: Richard MĂŒnch. Modern sociology owes its existence and the progress it has made to the integration of differing kinds of orientations. In this work, first published 1987, Professor Richard MĂŒnch sets out to reformulate the theory of action, a notion central to sociology and one to which all schools of thought within sociology have contributed. He gives an exposition of the voluntaristic theory of action as found in Talcott Parson's work, reconstructing and extending Parson's theory from the perspective of the present-day level of development. In this way he both integrates opposing orientations to action theory and presents the voluntaristic theory of action in a readable and teachable from.

Role Volume 4 Sociological Studies

Author: J. A. Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521083079
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Role Volume 4 Sociological Studies from the Author: J. A. Jackson. This book was first published in 1972. The concept of role has been central to the development of knowledge about, and measures of, the normative context which mediates between the individual and society. This volume raises a number of questions about the adequacy of the theoretical concept of role when used to describe social phenomena.

The Sociological Ambition

Author: Chris Shilling
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446238830
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The Sociological Ambition from the Author: Chris Shilling. `The Sociological Ambition is a superb book... It is beautifully written, expertly edited and renders complex and original ideas entirely accessible... This is a modern classic' - Journal of Contemporary Religion `For all social scientists who are fed up with corporate-style textbooks, which appeal to the lowest common denominator The Sociological Ambition must come as a relief. Shilling and Mellor have written an account of their discipline but they have done so with a multi-purpose task in mind' - Irish Journal of Sociology In a comprehensive reassessment of the field, Chris Shilling and Philip A Mellor examine the various attempts that have been made to reconstruct sociology over the last century, arguing that classical and contemporary social theories must be studied in relation to the ambition that first shaped and established the discipline. The authors begin by situating sociology in its historical, philosophical and theological contexts; examining how the founders of the discipline developed competing analyses of the processes elementary to social and moral life through their unique contributions. The result is a landmark work in recent sociological study. Accomplished and erudite, this book will be required reading for students of sociology, social theory, religious studies and cultural studies.

The Theory And Scholarship Of Talcott Parsons To 1951

Author: Bruce C. Wearne
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521370035
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The Theory And Scholarship Of Talcott Parsons To 1951 from the Author: Bruce C. Wearne. Bruce C. Wearne's detailed examination of Talcott Parsons' development as a scholar of social theory.

Sourcebook Of Family Theories And Methods

Author: Pauline Boss
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387857648
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Sourcebook Of Family Theories And Methods from the Author: Pauline Boss. Origins We call this book on theoretical orientations and methodological strategies in family studies a sourcebook because it details the social and personal roots (i.e., sources) from which these orientations and strategies flow. Thus, an appropriate way to preface this book is to talk first of its roots, its beginnings. In the mid 1980s there emerged in some quarters the sense that it was time for family studies to take stock of itself. A goal was thus set to write a book that, like Janus, would face both backward and forward a book that would give readers both a perspec tive on the past and a map for the future. There were precedents for such a project: The Handbook of Marriage and the Family edited by Harold Christensen and published in 1964; the two Contemporary Theories about theFamily volumes edited by Wesley Burr, Reuben Hill, F. Ivan Nye, and Ira Reiss, published in 1979; and the Handbook of Marriage and the Family edited by Marvin Sussman and Suzanne Steinmetz, then in production.