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American Society
Toward a Theory of Societal Community

ISBN 9781594512285
Published December 31, 2011 by Routledge
537 Pages

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Book Description

Never before published, American Society is the product of Talcott Parsons' last major theoretical project. Completed just a few weeks before his death, this is Parsons' promised 'general book on American society'. It offers a systematic presentation and revision of Parson's landmark theoretical positions on modernity and the possibility of objective sociological knowledge. Even after the passage of many years, American Society imparts a remarkably provocative interpretation of US society and a creative approach to social theory.


“This book demonstrates how Parsons attempted to develop a framework applicable to concrete situations. … [American Society] helps remind readers how Parsonian structural functional can be used to illuminate how social crisis can be overcome. Recommended.”