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Author: Uta Gerhardt
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Talcott Parsons: An Intellectual Biography by Uta Gerhardt



Utilizing rich archival material, Gerhardt examines four periods in Parsons’s intellectual life in the context of American history and society. From the New Deal and the rise of German fascism to World War II, through the McCarthy era and the Civil Rights movement, Parsons’s overriding agenda was to develop both a sociological understanding and a defense of the development of modern democracy. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-521-81022-1 1. Parsons, Talcott, 1902–1979 2. Sociology – United States – History.

1. Understanding The Structure of Social Action. 1. The Long Shadow of Darwinism. The Fate of Parsons's Memorandum Analyzing the War Effort of the Social Sciences. 153. The Second Memorandum, an Unpublished Book. 160. The Third Attempt. 167. Postscript: Becoming Politically Embattled Personally.

Book Condition: very good dust-jacket, very good brown cloth. remainder stripe on top foredge. GERHARDT, UTA. Talcott Parsons. An intellectual biography. Cambridge, New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002, xiv, 311pp. Condition: Used: Very Good.

Gerhardt depicts Parsons as a champion of American society and democracy. In this respect he followed the lead of his venerable mentor, Max Weber. Parsons's work, Gerhardt argues, was driven by an overriding agenda to develop a sociological understanding and defense of the development of modern democracy. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Talcott Parsons: An Intellectual Biography. Seller Inventory BBS-9780521174589.

Uta Gerhardt, Talcott Parsons: An Intellectual Biography. Cambridge University Press, 2002. 110. ^ Talcott Parsons, "The Problem of Controlled Institutional Change: An Essay in Applied Social Science. Uta Gerhardt, "Introduction: Talcott Parsons's Sociology of National Socialism. In Uta Gerhardt, Talcott Parsons on National Socialism. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1993. Talcott Parsons, "Sociological Reflections on the United States in Relation to the European War" (1941). In Uta Gerhardt (e. Talcott Parsons on National Socialism.

Talcott Parsons : An Intellectual Biography. The American sociologist Talcott Parsons was often accused of being an overly abstract, even apolitical thinker, remote in Harvard's ivory tower. The controversial Parsons, in fact, emulated his mentor, the venerable Max Weber, in at least two respects: as a scholar he practised Wertfreiheit (scientific professionalism) and as a political activist he worked for the preservation and expansion of democracy.

The yankee sociologist Talcott Parsons used to be usually accused of being an excessively summary, even apolitical philosopher, distant in Harvard's ivory tower. Gerhardt depicts Parsons as a champion of yankee society and democracy. during this recognize he the lead of his venerable mentor, Max Weber

The American sociologist Talcott Parsons was often accused of being an overly abstract, even apolitical thinker, remote in Harvard's ivory tower. Gerhardt depicts Parsons as a champion of American society and democracy. Parsons's work, Gerhardt argues, was driven by an overriding agenda to develop a sociological understanding and defense of the development of modern democracy

The American sociologist Talcott Parsons was often accused of being an overly abstract, even apolitical thinker, remote in Harvard's ivory tower. Uta Gerhardt dispels this image in her fascinating account of the political nature of Parsons's life and scholarship. Gerhardt depicts Parsons as a champion of American society and democracy. In this respect he followed the lead of his venerable mentor, Max Weber. Parsons's work, Gerhardt argues, was driven by an overriding agenda to develop a sociological understanding and defense of the development of modern democracy.
Reviews: 3
Mojind
There is even no any discussion about his class "The Social System" and too much non-genuine-sociological talk. I do not think it is written seriously.
---Y.Z.
Gir
This is first rate scholarly work on a thinker often misunderstood. I am motivated to comment because the two existing reviews seem to be by people who do not have much background and who expected the book to be a kind of primer. It is not a biography in the ordinary sense. It is an "intellectual biography" and a commentary on the way in which Talcott Parsons needs to be assessed in terms of his intellectual context. Without a good background in sociological theory and political economic theory this book may be a bit daunting. It is not a book for first year ("fresh-persons") students. It is a mature scholarly book for scholars. Moreover, Professor Gerhardt has gone on to write a series of important break-through books about Professor Parsons. The "dis-obedient generation" (Sica and Turner) tended to dislike Parsons' theories because they were deemed to be too static and too oriented to a defense of the status quo. But the true academic value of his work was not assessed properly by semi-popular writers like C. Wright Mills. Mills accused Parsons of something called "grand theory" and that term has passed into the scholarly literature in sociology as a term of derision. The irony, however, is that the "classical theorists" Mills admired all wrote at least some "grand theory". That is part of the reason we think of them (e.g. Comte, Saint-Simon, Montesquieu, Marx, Max Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, Mead, Peirce, Pareto, Mauss, Park, Addams, Marianne Weber, Sorokin, etc.) as "classical" thinkers. Mills and Parsons debated the question of whether there is one "power elite" in the U.S. or whether, perhaps, there is more than one "power elite". Are they perhaps even at odds with one another? Does that help explain federal and state politics? That debate is still valuable. Often Parsons is simply identified as someone who developed two-by-two categorizations with four cells in his theoretical "cross-tabulation". But the AGIL schema was simply a way to teach complex ideas to students and to summarize very complex debates. At the end of his career Parsons attempted to bring in an evolutionary perspective. There is much to criticize about Talcott Parsons and Structural-Functionalism. Parrsons and Robert K. Merton were at one time the most significant sociological theorists in the U.S. Their impact was world-wide. There was a significant and perhaps necessary counter-reaction in the 1960s and 1970s. But now, in the 21st century, it is worthwhile for serious students, particularly graduate students in the social sciences, to not simply rest with the somewhat facile criticisms of thinkers like C. Wright Mills. Indeed, if Mills had lived longer he himself might have done a deeper analysis. This intellectual biography, while perhaps not entirely satisfactory as a "biography" pure and simple, is nevertheless a very valuable and worthwhile book.
Kegal
I used this book in hopes to have more information on Parsons for a paper I needed to write for sociology. The writer pretty much assumes that you already know his theories and what they're about, which I do not. In the introduction section of the Understanding The Structure of Social Action chapter did tell me much more than no one really read it until after WWII. Not to mention, typical biographies actually explain the person, their work, and how they lived. this is nothing more than a description of how people review his work.