Toward a General Theory of Action

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<:st>Previous editions are cited in . Part of the publisher's "classics" series, this is an abridged edition of a work originally published by Harvard in 1951, with an introduction by one of Parsons' former students, Neil Smelser (behavioral science, Stanford U.). The original book was written to report on the influential social relations collaborative project carried out at Harvard by Talcott Parsons (deceased, Harvard) and Edward Shills (deceased, Cambridge U., UK), among others. The chapters chosen for this edition contain the consensus statement of the project, observations on theory in the social sciences by project member Richard Sheldon, and the theoretical basis of the project. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674896550
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1951
  • Pages: 518

Meet the Author

Clyde Kluckhohn, Ph.D., the late Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, was in almost continuous contact with the Navaho Indians beginning in 1923. In 1942 he became an expert consultant to the United States Office of Indian Affairs. He was the Curator of Southwestern American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum until his death in 1960. He is the author of several books, among them Beyond the Rainbow and Navaho Witchcraft.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Pt. 1 The General Theory of Action
1 Some Fundamental Categories of the Theory of Action: A General Statement 3
2 Some Observations on Theory in the Social Sciences 30
Pt. 2 Values, Motives, and Systems of Action
Introduction 47
1 Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action 53
2 Personality as a System of Action 110
3 Systems of Value-Orientation 159
4 The Social System 190
5 Conclusion 234
Index 277
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