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 the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Finally, and most important, it makes a significant contribution to the current controversy surrounding an important sociological figure. The book consists of 10 essays, nine of which are original pieces; all are written by well-known scholars who are intimately acquainted with Parsons' body of work.
About the Author
A. Javier Trevino is an assistant professor of sociology at Wheaton College.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Introduction: the Theory and Legacy of Talcott Parsons
Chapter 3 Parsons and Simmel at Harvard: Scientific Paradigms and Organizational Culture
Chapter 4 The Place of Max Weber in the Post-Structure Writings of Talcott Parsons
Chapter 5 Elias and Parsons: Two Transformations of the Problem-Historical Method
Chapter 6 Parson's Second Project: The Social System - Sources, Development and Limitations
Chapter 7 Social Systems and Complexity Theory
Chapter 8 Can Functionalism Be Saved?
Chapter 9 Networks and Systems
Chapter 10 Language and the "Family" or Generalized Symbolic Media
Chapter 11 Parsons's Analysis of the Societal Community
Chapter 12 Empirical Sociological Theory and the Resolution of Normative Dilemmas
Chapter 13 Index