This new edition introduces the social science audiences of a new century to one of the classic highlights of the mid-twentieth century. This is the most general statement of the general theory of action as it was developed by its principle exponent, Talcott Parsons, and his close collaborators who formed the core of the fabled department of ...Read MoreThis new edition introduces the social science audiences of a new century to one of the classic highlights of the mid-twentieth century. This is the most general statement of the general theory of action as it was developed by its principle exponent, Talcott Parsons, and his close collaborators who formed the core of the fabled department of social relations at Harvard University. Toward a General Theory of Action is an extremely ambitious formulation of the ingredients, dimensions, and ranges that determine human behavior. Parsons and Shils enunciate principles that are at the core of contemporary social science preoccupations-including the precarious balance between social integration and conflict. The volume is at once universal in intent and highly personal, an expression of Parsons' thought, one of the most notable sociological theorists of the century. Finally, the book symbolizes the interdisciplinary impulse that typified a widespread belief in the unity of the sciences. This edition includes the collaborative group's introductory statement, Richard Sheldon's essay on the theoretical and philosophical status of the general theory of action, and "Values, Motives and Systems of Action" by Parsons and Shils. Guy Swanson, writing in the The American Sociological Review, noted that "Parsons and Shils have performed a major service in clearing away many old controversies, in showing the reasonableness of a behavioral foundation for general theory in social science as a whole and in sociology in particular, in clarifying the interrelations among many concepts, and in the insightful interpretation of particular pieces of data." It is testimony to this book's continuing significance that it continues to generate new lines of research and writings.Read Less
VERY GOOD. Library binding of the 1962 Harper Torchbooks paperback. Very nice condition. Cover is like new. Sound binding. Page edges have a little foxing. ("Foxing" is light tan spots caused by extended exposure to humid air. ) Some paper from the surface of inside the front cover missing as if a sticker has been torn off, but there is no evidence that this book ever belonged to a library.
Very Good. Academic, Scholarly, Research. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 506 pp. Solidly bound copy with minimal external wear. Pen underlining thorughout text. Previous owner's name inscribed on first front-end page.
Very Good. Octavo, 8 " tall, 506 pages, stiff wraps. This is one of the earlier printing with the sew signatures. A very good, clean, sturdy soft cover with minor shelf wear; binding tight, paper cream white, but fore-edge marked with previous owner's name and approximately twenty pages with underlining..
Near Fine in Good+ jacket. Size: 8vo 8"-9" tall; Sturdy, attractive hardcover copy, spine and binding tight, pages bright and clear, and only minimal wear to covers and tips. Slight bumping to spine top and bottom, very slight half-toning to endpapers, else Fine. Dust jacket fully intact, still bright and shiny, though with some edge-wear and a couple of short closed tears. From the personal library of a leading anthropologist, Dr. Erika Bourguignon, but with little or signs thereof.
Fair. First Harper Torchbook Edition. Chipping/creasing, rubbing, soiling and tanning on covers. Previous owner's name on half-title page. Markings/underlining present on select pages in pencil and blue ink. Fair condition. Light to moderate shelfwear, creasing on covers. Binding intact. Books in fair condition most likely will have markings or highlights on pages. (DD64)
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