Toward a General Theory of Action: Theoretical Foundations for the Social Sciences (Social Science Classics Series)

Parsons, Talcott

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Synopsis: This new edition introduces the social science audiences of a new century to one of the classic highlights of the mid twentieth century This is the most general statement of the general theory of action as it was developed by its principle exponent Talcott Parsons and his close collaborators who formed the core of the fabled department of social relations at Harvard University Toward a General Theory of Action is an extremely ambitious formulation of the ingredients dimensions and ranges that determine human behavior Parsons and Shils enunciate principles that are at the core of contemporary social science preoccupations including the precarious balance between social integration and conflict The volume is at once universal in intent and highly personal an expression of Parsons thought one of the most notable sociological theorists of the century Finally the book symbolizes the interdisciplinary impulse that typified a widespread belief in the unity of the sciences This edition includes the collaborative group s introductory statement Richard Sheldon s essay on the theoretical and philosophical status of the general theory of action and Values Motives and Systems of Action by Parsons and Shils Guy Swanson writing in the The American Sociological Review noted that Parsons and Shils have performed a major service in clearing away many old controversies in showing the reasonableness of a behavioral foundation for general theory in social science as a whole and in sociology in particular in clarifying the interrelations among many concepts and in the insightful interpretation of particular pieces of data It is testimony to this book s continuing significance that it continues to generate new lines of research and writings

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Edward Shils (1910-1995) was distinguished service professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His books include Tradition, The Intellectuals and the Powers, and Toward a General Theory of Action.

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