The Talcott Parsons Reader / Edition 1

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"Talcott Parsons has been one of the most influential American sociologists of the post-war period, but he has also been widely criticized for, among other things, the alleged conservatism of his structural functionalist theory. Bryan Turner's selections from Parson's work provide a comprehensive overview of his principal contributions and are grouped under the following subdivisions religion and modern society, life, sex, and death; sociological theory; and American society and the world order."--BOOK JACKET. "The book clearly presents the core features of Parsons's sociology and demonstrates his continuing relevance to critical issues today, including globalization, the place of American civilization in the world order, and the importance of sociological theory as an analysis of modern culture."--BOOK JACKET.
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"With this astute and illuminating collection, Turner demonstratesfor contemporary readers why Talcott Parsons is regarded as thedominant sociological theorist of the mid-twentieth century, andone of the master narrators of modernity. Ranging from economicsand global power to considerations of youth, sickness, and death,these empirically-oriented selections reveal the vast scope ofParson’s thought." – Jeffrey Alexander, Universityof California at Los Angeles

"Parsons once described himself as an ‘incurabletheorist’. This excellent collection of essays reveals apractical sociologist possessing great insight into the moderncondition. Professor Turner has done a real service in reminding usof the substantive issues to which Parsons’s theoreticalefforts were ultimately directed, issues which are as central tothe discipline now as when Parsons was writing." – JohnHolmwood, University of Edinburgh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557865441
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He has held professional positions in Australia, Holland, and Germany, and his research areas are medical sociology, citizenship, and social theory. He has published numerous papers and books on the social thought of Talcott Parsons. Previous publications with Blackwell include The Body and Society (1984) and The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (1996; second edition 2000). He is the foundation editor of the journal Citizenship Studies.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Contributions of Talcott Parsons to the Studyof Modernity.

Part I: Religion and Modern Society:.

1. Christianity and Modern Industrial Society.

2. Belief, Unbelief and Disbelief.

3. Religous Symbolization and Death.

4. The Symbolic Environment of Modern Economies.

Part II: Life, Sex and Death: .

5. Illness and the Role of the Physician.

6. Towards a Healthy Maturity.

7. The Gift of Life and Its Reciprocation.

Part III: Sociological Theory:.

8. The Theoretical Development of the Sociology of Religion.

9. Evolutionary Universals in Society.

10. Pattern Variables Revisited.

Part IV: American Society and the World Order: .

11. Social Strains in America.

12. The Distribution of Power in American Society.

13. Order and Community in the International Social System.

14. Polarization of the World and International Order.

15. Youth in the Context of American Society.

16. Death in American Society.

17. Religion in Post-Industrial America.

Bibliography of Talcott Parsons.

Selected Bibliograpy (in English) on the Sociology of TalcottParsons.

Chronologyy of the Life of Talcott Parsons.


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