Talcott Parsons: A Theory of Action
Burt, Carol Ellen
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This thesis is to be a general survey of Talcott Parsons' major and outstanding contribution to sociology which is what he calls a theory of action. He believes that actions is the foundation of the social sciences and speaking as a sociologist, says, "The focus of sociological theory is in the theory of social systems, which may be conceived as the systems organized about and generated by processes of interaction among living organisms." The first part of this thesis will be devoted to explaining Parsons' terms and concepts of the action theory while the final section of the report will be on the latest addition to Parsons' theory, which gives social systems and evolutionary perspective.