The Origins of Modern Sociology
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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’.
KeywordsPolitical Economy Social Theory Idealistic Theory Capitalist Society Social Reform
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