Talcott Parsons

1927-1973 Sociology and Social Relations Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States 
"Talcott Parsons"

Talcott Parsons (13 December 1902 – 8 May 1979) was an American sociologist of the classical tradition, best known for his social action theory and structural functionalism. Parsons is considered one of the most influential figures in sociology in the 20th century. After earning a PhD in economics, he served on the faculty at Harvard University from 1927 to 1929. In 1930, he was among the first professors in its new sociology department. Later, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Social Relations at Harvard.


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Karl Mannheim grad student 1927 Heidelberg University (Neurotree)
 (Dissertation committee member)
Edgar Salin grad student 1927 Heidelberg University (Neurotree)
 (Dissertation chair)
Alfred Weber grad student 1927 Heidelberg University
 (Dissertation committee member)


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Kingsley Davis research assistant 1936 Harvard
Robert K. Merton grad student 1936 Harvard
Wilbert E. Moore grad student 1940 Harvard (Neurotree)
Marion J. Levy grad student 1948 Harvard
Alfred DuPont Chandler grad student 1952 Harvard (History of History Tree)
Harold Garfinkel grad student 1952 Harvard
Renée C Fox grad student 1954 Radcliffe College
Robert N. Bellah grad student 1955 Harvard
Morris Zelditch grad student 1955 Harvard
Clifford Geertz grad student 1956 Harvard (Writing Studies Tree)
Edward A. Tiryakian grad student 1956 Harvard
Eugene V Schneider grad student 1957 Harvard
Joseph Berger grad student 1958 Harvard
Neil Smelser grad student 1958 Harvard
Ezra F. Vogel grad student 1958 Harvard
Frank Bonilla grad student 1959 Harvard
Pierre van den Berghe grad student 1960 Harvard
Edward O. Laumann grad student 1964 Harvard
Leon Mayhew grad student 1964 Harvard
Wei-ming Tu grad student 1968 Harvard (Philosophy Tree)
Jean Lipman-Blumen grad student 1970 Harvard (Neurotree)
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Parsons T, Fox R. (2010) Illness, Therapy and the Modern Urban American Family Journal of Social Issues. 8: 31-44
Parsons T. (1998) The “fragment” on Simmel [from draft Chapter XVIII (structure of social action): Georg Simmel and Ferdinand Toennies: Social relationships and the elements of action] The American Sociologist. 29: 21-30
Buxton W, Gerhardt U, Gerhardt U, et al. (1994) Talcott Parsons on National Socialism. Social Forces. 19: 425
Parsons T. (1990) Prolegomena to a Theory of Social Institutions American Sociological Review. 55: 319
Orru M, Holton RJ, Turner BS, et al. (1988) Talcott Parsons on Economy and Society@@@The Integration of Economic and Sociological Theory Contemporary Sociology. 17: 115
Lessnoff M, Parsons T. (1980) Social Systems and the Evolution of Action Theory@@@Action and the Human Condition British Journal of Sociology. 31: 300
Burger T, Parsons T, Toby J. (1978) Social Systems and the Evolution of Action Theory.@@@The Evolution of Societies. Social Forces. 57: 308
Parsons T. (1978) Comment on R. Stephen Warner's "Toward a Redefinition of Action Theory: Paying the Cognitive Element Its Due" American Journal of Sociology. 83: 1350-1358
Titmuss RM, Durkheim E, Swain JW, et al. (1977) Commitment to Welfare@@@The Elementary Forms of the Religious Left@@@The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism@@@Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy British Journal of Sociology. 28: 526
Parsons T. (1975) Commentary on Herbert Gintis, “A Radical Analysis of Welfare Economics and Individual Development” Quarterly Journal of Economics. 89: 280-290
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