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The Origins of Modern Sociology

  • Simon Clarke
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Abstract

Fifty years ago Talcott Parsons isolated what he called a ‘voluntaristic theory of action’ in the work of writers as diverse as Marshall, Pareto, Durkheim and Weber. In The Structure of Social Action Parsons argued that the voluntaristic theory of action was the basis of a fundamental reorientation of the social sciences, marking a decisive advance in the development of sociology as a response to the ‘problem of order’.

Keywords

Political Economy Social Theory Idealistic Theory Capitalist Society Social Reform 
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© Simon Clarke 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Clarke
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  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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