The Social System

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Electronic books - 575 pages
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This book brings together, in systematic and generalized form, the main outlines of a conceptual scheme for the analysis of the structure and processes of social systems. It carries out Pareto's intention by using the "structural-functional" level of analysis.
 

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Despite his reputation for run on sentences and incomprehensible writing I have to say I've read a lot worse. I found myself agreeing with the detail although I didn't agree with the overall framework. I don't agree with his functionalist world view and I still.think that he puts too little emphasis on structure. However he is brilliantly integrative and a delight for any intellectual who eschews Marxism but wants a framework from which to view the world and to reassure themselves that their worth it as intellectuals, (such a shallow lot). 

Contents

Culture Personality and the Place of Social Systems
1
II The Major Points of Reference and Structural Components of the Social System
15
The Organization of the Components into SubSystems
45
Invariant Points of Reference for the Structural Differentiation and Variation of Societies
77
Empirical Differentiation and Variation in the Structure of Societies
105
VI The Learning of Social RoleExpectations and the Mechanisms of Socialization of Motivation
138
VII Deviant Behavior and the Mechanisms of Social Control
169
The Problem of the Role of Ideas
220
The Communication of Affect
259
The Case of Modern Medical Practice
288
XI The Processes of Change of Social Systems
323
The Place of Sociological Theory Among the Analytical Sciences of Action
360
Index
374

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With a new preface on interpreting Parsons by Professor Bryan S. Turner, University of Essex.

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