Talcott Parsons on Economy and Society

Talcott Parsons on Economy and Society

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'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, UCLAshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 530g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138983543
  • 9781138983540
  • 1,807,418

Table of contents

1. Talcott Parsons and the Theory of Economy and Society 2. Sickness and Social Structure: Parsons' Contribution to Medical Sociology 3. Parsons, Schutz and the Problem of Verstehen 4. Parsons and his Critics: On the Ubiquity of Functionalism 5. Against Nostalgia: Talcott Parsons and a Sociology for the Modern Worldshow more