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Never before published, American Society is the product of Talcott Parsons's last major theory-building project. During the 1970s, Parsons worked persistently to fulfill his earlier promise to produce "a general book on American society". The surviving manuscript, completed just a few weeks before his death, is just such a book. Beyond its rich reading of American society, it offers a systematic presentation and major revisions of his previous landmark theoretical positions: the attempt to elaborate a non-nostalgic theory of modernity, to link macro and micro perspectives, to defend the possibility of objective sociological knowledge, to analyze national specificities within the context of worldwide trends, to develop an adequate conception of societal integration grounded in fully pluralistic premises. Even after the passage of many years, the book imparts a remarkably provocative interpretation of US society and a creative approach to social theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594512278
ISBN-10: 1594512272
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Pages: 537
Imprint: Paradigm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Talcott Parsons

Talcott Parsons (1902--1979) was the eminent Harvard sociologist who sought to integrate all the social sciences into a science of human action. Among his influential books are The Structure of Social Action (1967) and Politics and Social Structure (1969). Giuseppe Sciortino, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universita di Trento, Italy, is the editor of Parsons's The Structure of Social Action and Contemporary Debates (2001).

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