Talcott Parsons Today

His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology


Author: A. Javier Treviño

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742509580

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

View: 2295

Talcott Parsons Today offers a reappraisal—and extension—of the work of the most significant and influential twentieth-century sociologist. The volume consists of original essays by prominent Parsons scholars from around the world. It contributes to the current controversy surrounding an important sociological figure.

After Parsons

A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty-First Century


Author: Renee C. Fox,Victor M. Lidz,Harold J. Bershady

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610442156

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 1851

Esteemed twentieth-century sociologist Talcott Parsons sought to develop a comprehensive and coherent scheme for sociology that could be applied to every society and historical epoch, and address every aspect of human social organization and culture. His theory of social action has exerted enormous influence across a wide range of social science disciplines. After Parsons, edited by Renée Fox, Victor Lidz, and Harold Bershady, provides a critical reexamination of Parsons' theory in light of historical changes in the world and advances in sociological thought since his death. After Parsons is a fresh examination of Parsons' theoretical undertaking, its significance for social scientific thought, and its implications for present-day empirical research. The book is divided into four parts: Social Institutions and Social Processes; Societal Community and Modernization; Sociology and Culture; and the Human Condition. The chapters deal with Parsons' notions of societal community, societal evolution, and modernization and modernity. After Parsons addresses major themes of enduring relevance, including social differentiation and cultural diversity, social solidarity, universalism and particularism, and trust and affect in social life. The contributors explore these topics in a wide range of social institutions—family and kinship, economy, polity, the law, medicine, art, and religion—and within the context of contemporary developments such as globalization, the power of the United States as an "empireless empire," the emergence of forms of fundamentalism, the upsurge of racial, tribal, and ethnic conflicts, and the increasing occurence of deterministic and positivistic thought. Rather than simply celebrating Parsons and his accomplishments, the contributors to After Parsons rethink and reformulate his ideas to place them on more solid foundations, extend their scope, and strengthen their empirical insights. After Parsons constitutes the work of a distinguished roster of American and European sociologists who find Parsons' theory of action a valuable resource for addressing contemporary issues in sociological theory. All of the essays in this volume take elements of Parsons' theory and critique, adapt, refine, or extend them to gain fresh purchase on problems that confront sociologists today.

The Basics of Sociology


Author: Kathy S. Stolley

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313323874

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

View: 5363

Provides an introduction to core concepts in sociology. Presents both classic studies and current references to illustrate sociological concepts. Examines what sociology is, why sociology is important, and why we study it. Demonstrates how various social forces impact our lives and form our social experiences.

Talcott Parsons on Law and the Legal System


Author: A. Javier Trevino

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: 9781443811309

Category: Law

Page: 426

View: 6190

One of the great ironies in contemporary sociology of law is that despite Talcott Parsons's enormously influential role as "the midwife of modern sociology," coupled with his three decades of focused and sustained analysis of the legal system's location in a total and complex society, it is nothing short of appalling that his particular social systems approach to law has been largely neglected. Indeed, although Parsons made only cursory mention of law in some of his best-known works, he extensively discussed the role of the legal system in no less than five important papers and two somewhat lengthy book reviews. What is more, in the two slim paperbacks where Parsons applies his cybernetic systems theory in explaining the progression from premodern to modern societies, he considers law to be an essential element in the analysis of just about every society under consideration: ancient Egypt and the Mesopotamian empires; China, India, and the Islamic empires; the Roman empire; Israel and Greece; medieval Western Christendom; the United States. This volume, the first of its kind, is the most complete articulation of Parsons's treatment of the U.S. legal system's nature and function during the late-twentieth century. In addition to a lengthy Introduction by the editor, the book consists of 26 readings, taken from the full range of Parsons's books and papers, which, in toto, render a detailed analytical roadmap that can today guide much of our sociological thinking concerning such contemporary social issues related to law as citizenship, trust, and governmentality. More than this, Parsons's writings on the courts and the legal profession both of which he believed to constitute the core of an integrative U.S. citizenry can inform policy-makers' decisions concerning such controversial issues as immigration, civil rights, and legal ethics.

The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons


Author: A. Javier Treviño

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 0857281925

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

View: 3652

‘The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons’ offers the best contemporary work on Talcott Parsons, written by the best scholars currently working in this field. Original, authoritative and wide-ranging, the critical assessments of this volume will make it ideal for Parsons students and scholars alike. ‘Anthem Companions to Sociology’ offer authoritative and comprehensive assessments of major figures in the development of sociology from the last two centuries. Covering the major advancements in sociological thought, these companions offer critical evaluations of key figures in the American and European sociological tradition, and will provide students and scholars with both an in-depth assessment of the makers of sociology and chart their relevance to modern society.

Soziologie im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert

Studien zu ihrer Geschichte in Deutschland


Author: Uta Gerhardt

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh


Category: History

Page: 392

View: 6487

In order to understand the history of sociology in the 20th century, it is vital to reconstruct the disputes and institutional structures that shaped this discipline. This is especially true for Germany, which experienced six different governmental systems during this "long century." The author demonstrates how the history of sociology has to be written as the history of society. In six chronological chapters, the breaks, connections and contradictions are illuminated. German text.

Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems


Author: A. Javier Treviño,Karen M. McCormack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317056981

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

View: 3010

This book challenges sociologists and sociology students to think beyond the construction of social problems to tackle a central question: What do sociologists do with the analytic tools and academic skills afforded by their discipline to respond to social problems? Service Sociology posits that a central role of sociology is not simply to analyse and interpret social problems, but to act in the world in an informed manner to ameliorate suffering and address the structural causes of these problems. This volume provides a unique contribution to this approach to sociology, exploring the intersection between its role as an academic discipline and its practice in the service of communities and people. With both contemporary and historical analyses, the book traces the legacy, characteristics, contours, and goals of the sociology of service, shedding light on its roots in early American sociology and its deep connections to activism, before examining the social context that underlies the call for volunteerism, community involvement and non-profit organisations, as well as the strategies that have promise in remedying contemporary social problems. Presenting examples of concrete social problems from around the world, including issues of democratic participation, poverty and unemployment, student involvement in microlending, disaster miitigation, the organization and leadership of social movements, homelessness, activism around HIV/AIDS and service spring breaks, Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems explores the utility of public teaching, participatory action research, and service learning in the classroom as a contribution to the community.

Georg Simmel and the American Prospect


Author: Gary D. Jaworski

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791431719

Category: Social Science

Page: 161

View: 5285

This first book-length examination of the American reception of German philosopher and sociologist Georg Simmel explores the practical and strategic uses of Simmel's ideas.

Pitirim A. Sorokin

An Intellectual Biography


Author: Barry V. Johnston

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

View: 4628

Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968) was one of the most original, important, and controversial figures in American sociology. His spectacular rise from a peasant childhood in Czarist Russia to the Olympian heights of Harvard University provides an unlikely and fascinating lens for examining the history of an entire discipline. And, as Barry Johnston shows, his equally dramatic fall from favor and unexpected resurrection illuminate both Sorokin's life and the tempestuous world of academic politics. An outspoken revolutionary and secretary to Alexander Kerensky, Sorokin was imprisoned and ordered executed by Lenin, then reprieved and exiled. During the 1920s, he flourished as a teacher and scholar at the University of Minnesota, where he published several pioneering books on the Russian Revolution, social mobility, sociological theory, and rural sociology. Harvard president A. Lawrence Lowell was so impressed that he recruited Sorokin to chair the university's first department of sociology. From 1930 to 1944 the department prospered under Sorokin's leadership, attracting an entire generation of young scholars who in their own right would have a profound impact on the discipline. In this period, Sorokin published several volumes of his magnum opus, Social and Cultural Dynamics, and became embroiled in a bitter battle with rival Talcott Parsons for control of the department. Parsons ultimately deposed Sorokin and transformed sociology into the Department of Social Relations. Sorokin nevertheless stayed on at Harvard, where he established the Center for Creative Altruism but otherwise continued to work in relative obscurity. Finally in 1963, after years in eclipse, Sorokin was recognized for his accomplishments when he was elected president of the American Sociological Association. During a long and distinguished career, Sorokin amassed an amazingly diverse and substantial body of work, much of which set the standard for the field. At the same time, he broke with the conventions of sociology, frequently ridiculing and taunting his less adventurous colleagues. For his heresy, the flamboyant Sorokin was condemned and driven to the periphery of a profession anxious for legitimacy as a science. As a result, Sorokin's ideas have been consistently ignored and misunderstood for more than a quarter century. Based on exhaustive research in Sorokin's papers and the Harvard archives, as well as interviews with Sorokin's surviving family members, former students, and colleagues, this biography restores Sorokin to his rightful place in the pantheon of American intellectuals.

Investigating Social Problems Interactive ebook


Author: A. (Alberto) J. Trevino

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781483382036

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 915

View a demo chapter by visiting: http://edge.sagepub.com/trevino/demo Ideal for students in online and traditional courses who prefer a more contemporary, multimedia-integrated presentation for learning, this Interactive eBook version of Trevino's, Investigating Social Problems provides students with the identical content and page layout of the traditional printed book in a flexible electronic format. Users of the eBook can link directly from the “page” to video, audio, additional enrichment readings, glossary terms, and other relevant resources that bring sociology to life in a way that a traditional print text can’t. Students will also have immediate access to study tools such as highlighting, bookmarking, note-taking, helpful links to video, podcasts, SAGE journal articles, reference links, and much more! Students can use the interactive eBook on its own, or package it with the printed textbook for no additional cost.

Voegelin and the Theologian

Ten Studies in Interpretation


Author: John C. Kirby,William M. Thompson

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

ISBN: 9780889467514

Category: Religion

Page: 377

View: 4906

A search by ten authors for Voegelin's theological identity. It includes a general introduction with a review of the critical literature on Voegelin's work and nine essays that deal with various aspects of his thought.

Clinard and Quinney's Criminal Behavior Systems


Author: A. Javier Trevin~o

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780367026653


Page: 208

View: 9671

An important classic, familiar to virtually all criminologists, Clinard and Quinney's Criminal Behavior Systems: A Revised Edition begins with a discussion of the construction of types of crime and then formulates and utilizes a useful typology of criminal behavior systems. It classifies crime into seven categories, among them: violent personal crime, occasional property crime, public order crime, occupational crime, corporate crime, organized crime, and political crime. They examine the criminal career of the offender in each category, public and legal attitudes toward these individuals, support systems they may have, attitudes of the offenders, and other features. The discussion of each category of crime is thorough and enlightening, and takes the reader far in understanding the huge problem of crime and establishing intelligent definitions to study it. The new edition looks at the criminal landscape of the twenty-first century, capturing both the numerous advancements in theory and research in the field of criminology as well as many societal changes that have taken place in law, mass media, the economy, culture, and the political system that directly affect the book's coverage of various types of crimes. A global perspective broadens the book's relevance to include a variety of different societies. Crimes newly examined in this edition include identity theft, domestic violence, arson, hate crimes, cybercrime, campus sexual assault, police brutality, ponzi schemes, human trafficking, and terrorism. Finally, alternatives to conventional criminal justice are considered, including such approaches as peacemaking, restorative justice, private justice, problem-solving, harm reduction, naming and shaming, and internal and external controls. Like its predecessors, Clinard and Quinney's Criminal Behavior Systems: A Revised Edition will be essential to criminologists formulating their own theories and research on criminal behavior as well as to students in criminology and sociology courses on how to view and study crime.

Eric Voegelin's Search for Order in History


Author: Stephen A. McKnight

Publisher: University Press of Amer


Category: History

Page: 236

View: 1104

Expanded and updated from the first edition published in 1978 by Louisiana State University Press.

Approaches to Sociology (RLE Social Theory)

An Introduction to Major Trends in British Sociology


Author: John Rex

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317652533

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

View: 9123

These essays, commissioned by John Rex, reflect the state of sociology in Britain today. Leading representatives of the diverse ‘schools’ provide lucid accounts of their own particular approaches to this complex discipline and in doing so demonstrate the techniques described. Topics covered include the empirical study of stratification, social evolution, survey techniques, mathematical sociology, systems theory, phenomenological approaches, Weberian sociology, structuralism, contemporary Marxism, and the development of theory after Talcott Parsons.

Action Theory

Methodological Studies


Author: Helmut Staubmann

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825875022

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

View: 624

The volume explores the legacy of the general theory of action in order to exploit it for contemporary debates on the methodology of the social sciences. It includes the important but so far unpublished Parsons manuscript "The Sociology of Knowledge and the History of Ideas" and essays by Thomas Fararo (University of Pittsburgh): "On the Foundations of Action Theory"; Victor Lidz (Drexel University) and Harold Bershady (University of Pennsylvania): "Parsons' Tacit Metatheory"; Giuseppe Sciortino (Universit degli studi di Trento): "Toward a Structural Theory of Social Pluralism"; David Sciulli (Texas A&M University): "Reformulating Parsons' Theory for Comparative Research Today"; Helmut Staubmann (University of Innsbruck): "The Affective Structure of the Social World." Helmut Staubmann is professor at the Institute for Sociology at the Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck (Austria).

Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition


Author: John Bratton,David Denham

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 144260655X

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 4402

Most texts on classical social theory offer exhaustive coverage of every possible theorist, making it difficult to use the book in one semester. Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition represents a departure from this approach by offering solid coverage of the classical triumvirate (Marx, Durkheim, and Weber), but also extending the canon strategically to include Simmel, four early female theorists, and the writings of Du Bois. The result is a manageable, but thorough, examination of the key classical theorists. The second edition has been updated throughout and includes two new chapters: one on Weber and rationalization, and one on Du Bois and his writings on race. A new concluding chapter links classical theory to current developments in capitalism during an age of austerity.

Talcott Parsons

Eine Einführung


Author: N.A

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3663057976

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 196

View: 6406