The Emerald Guide to Talcott Parsons

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27 Aug 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
176 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Guides to Social Thought


This book is an introductory guide to the work of Talcott Parsons, designed specifically for students and those new to his work. It offers a comprehensive guide to reading and understanding the development of Parsons' sociological ideas, placing them in the context of his life and his position in American sociology. Scott delves into crucial resources on Parsons, including a bibliography of key works and a guide to further reading. By equipping readers to understand Parsons, the author arms them to engage with Parsons' work for themselves and to come to their own, informed judgments about his contemporary relevance.
Chapter 1. Talcott Parsons and American Sociology 
Chapter 2. Parsons, Economics, and Sociology 
Chapter 3. The Sociology is About to Begin! 
Chapter 4. Outlines of a Sociological Theory 
Chapter 5. A Theory of the Social System 
Chapter 6. Refining the Functional Basis 
Chapter 7. A Revised Theory of the Social System 
Chapter 8. Evolution, Modernity, and American Society
Chapter 9. Action, Society, and the Human Condition 
Chapter 10. Parsons: Looking Forward
Appendix 1: Conspectus of Parsons’s Principal Works 
Appendix 2: Sources and Further Reading
John Scott is a highly distinguished sociologist, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was awarded a CBE for services to social science. The author of over 40 books, he is currently Visiting Professor at the Universities of Exeter, Essex, and Copenhagen.
'Talcott Parsons’ theories remain central to the developing tradition of sociological theory, but access to his work has been difficult. His writings are complex and often shrouded in a unique terminology. Finally, there is a clear and direct way to engage his work. John Scott has written the first text that is both accurate and comprehensive. It is also a pleasant read. Students of sociological theory and professionals who have not studied Parsons intensively will enjoy and benefit from Professor Scott’s landmark achievement.' - Victor Lidz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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