PARSONS, Talcot


PARSONS, Talcot
(1902-1979)
   American SOCIOLOGIST and opponent of MARXISM who translated and interpreted WEBER to the English speaking world. He developed a version of STRUCTURAL-FUNCTIONALISM and unlike most American sociologists, was essentially a theorist who did little empirical research. His wide ranging works include The Structure of Social Action (1937) and The Social System (1951).

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.


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