Talcott Parsons Today offers a reappraisal-and extension-of the work of the most significant and influential twentieth-century sociologist. The volume consists of original essays by prominent Parsons scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Finally, and most important, it makes a significant contribution to the current controversy surrounding an important sociological figure. The book consists of 10 essays, nine of which are original pieces; all are written by well-known scholars who are intimately acquainted with Parsons' body of work.
A. Javier Trevino is an assistant professor of sociology at Wheaton College.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: the Theory and Legacy of Talcott Parsons Chapter 3 Parsons and Simmel at Harvard: Scientific Paradigms and Organizational Culture Chapter 4 The Place of Max Weber in the Post-Structure Writings of Talcott Parsons Chapter 5 Elias and Parsons: Two Transformations of the Problem-Historical Method Chapter 6 Parson's Second Project: The Social System - Sources, Development and Limitations Chapter 7 Social Systems and Complexity Theory Chapter 8 Can Functionalism Be Saved? Chapter 9 Networks and Systems Chapter 10 Language and the "Family" or Generalized Symbolic Media Chapter 11 Parsons's Analysis of the Societal Community Chapter 12 Empirical Sociological Theory and the Resolution of Normative Dilemmas Chapter 13 Index