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Founding sociology? : Talcott Parsons and the idea of general theory

Author: John Holmwood
Publisher: London ; New York : Longman, 1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The theories of Talcott Parsons'' are enjoying a revival in the world of sociology. Rather than following closely the complex original prose in an effort to explain the theory in its minutiae, Holmwood presents a highly readable non-technical critique of several of the strongest underlying sociological themes and shows how, although flawed in many respects, these themes have been recurring, in different forms, in  Read more...
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Holmwood, John, 1950-
Founding sociology?
(DLC) 95040206
(OCoLC)33244496
Named Person: Talcott Parsons; Talcott Parsons; Talcott Parsons
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Holmwood
ISBN: 9781317887546 1317887549
OCLC Number: 891590130
Description: 1 online resource (x, 141 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The Age of Sociology?; 2 The Theoretical Impasse; 3 The Idea of General Theory; 4 The Action Frame of Reference; 5 Structural-Functionalism, Theoretical Breakdown and the Embrace of Contradiction; 6 A Marxist Alternative?; 7 Action and Explanation; Conclusion; Index.
Responsibility: John Holmwood.

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The work of the sociologist Talcott Parsons is featured in this study. The text investigates the critical responses to his work and aims to contribute to contemporary theoretical arguments. It argues  Read more...

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