An Intellectual Biography
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- Author: Uta Gerhardt, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
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The American sociologist Talcott Parsons was often accused of being an overly abstract, even apolitical thinker, remote in Harvard's ivory tower. Uta Gerhardt dispels this image in her fascinating account of the political nature of Parsons's life and scholarship. Gerhardt depicts Parsons as a champion of American society and democracy. In this respect he followed the lead of his venerable mentor, Max Weber. Parsons's work, Gerhardt argues, was driven by an overriding agenda to develop a sociological understanding and defense of the development of modern democracy.Read more
- Utilizes letters, memoirs, and other archival material, much of which had neither been published nor mentioned before this book's publication
- Was the first intellectual biography of Talcott Parsons to focus on his political activism and his work in the defense of democracy
- Written in a fresh and lively style
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"Never before has such an illuminating analysis of Parsons been presented. Highly recommended." ChoiceSee more reviews
"Gerhardt's study provides the most illuminating portrait we have of the distinctive sociological and political project that animated Parson's work." The Journal of American History
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- Date Published: February 2011
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- isbn: 9780511837746
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Table of Contents
1. Understanding The Structure of Social Action
2. Parson's sociology of national socialism, 1938–45
3. The Harvard social science war effort and The Social System
4. A new agenda for citizenship: Parsons's theory and American society in the 1960s
Epilogue: a life of scholarship for democracy.
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