The Social System
Written by a pioneer in the field of sociological theory, whose first work, The Structure of Social Action, was a controversial and influential text when published in 1937, this book presents more recent advances in the author's work on the theory of action.
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Despite his reputation for run on sentences and incomprehensible writing I have to say I've read a lot worse. I found myself agreeing with the detail although I didn't agree with the overall framework. I don't agree with his functionalist world view and I still.think that he puts too little emphasis on structure. However he is brilliantly integrative and a delight for any intellectual who eschews Marxism but wants a framework from which to view the world and to reassure themselves that their worth it as intellectuals, (such a shallow lot).
Culture Personality and the Place of Social Systems
II The Major Points of Reference and Structural Components of the Social System
The Organization of the Components into SubSystems
Invariant Points of Reference for the Structural Differentiation and Variation of Societies
Empirical Differentiation and Variation in the Structure of Societies
VI The Learning of Social RoleExpectations and the Mechanisms of Socialization of Motivation
VII Deviant Behavior and the Mechanisms of Social Control