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Toward a General Theory of Action edited by Talcott Parsons and Edward A. Shils

Toward a General Theory of Action edited by Talcott Parsons and Edward A. Shils

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Toward a General Theory of Action
edited by Talcott Parsons and Edward A. Shils
with contributions by Edward C. Tollman, Gordon W. Allport, Clyde Kluckhorn, Henry A. Murray, Robert R. Sears, Richard C. Sheldon, and Samuel A. Stouffer

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press
First edition, 1951

SIGNED by Parsons, inscribed to Pete Rossi (an American sociologist known for his research on homelessness). Also signed by five of the contributors: Clyde Kluckhorn, Samuel A. Stouffer, Robert R. Sears, Gordon W. Allport, and Henry A. Murray.

Condition: Hardcover; no dust jacket, cover boards show minor scuffing, edge wear. A few pages have some discolored spots, overall unmarked and clean. There is a strip of unobtrusive document repair tape along the gutter of the title page, otherwise binding is solid.

wiki: "Talcott Parsons (December 13, 1902 – May 8, 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 1973. 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. / At Harvard, Parsons was instrumental in forming the Department of Social Relations, an interdisciplinary venture among sociology, anthropology, and psychology. The new department was officially created in January 1946 with him as the chairman and with prominent figures at the faculty, such as Stouffer, Kluckhohn, Henry Murray and Gordon Allport.

Henry Alexander Murray (May 13, 1893 – June 23, 1988) was an American psychologist at Harvard University, where from 1959 to 1962 he conducted a series of psychologically damaging and purposefully abusive experiments on minors and undergraduate students. One of those students was Ted Kaczynski, later known as the Unabomber.

Gordon Willard Allport (November 11, 1897 – October 9, 1967) was an American psychologist. Allport was one of the first psychologists to focus on the study of the personality, and is often referred to as one of the founding figures of personality psychology. He contributed to the formation of values scales and rejected both a psychoanalytic approach to personality, which he thought often was too deeply interpretive, and a behavioral approach, which he thought did not provide deep enough interpretations from their data. Instead of these popular approaches, he developed an eclectic theory based on traits. He emphasized the uniqueness of each individual, and the importance of the present context, as opposed to history, for understanding the personality.

Clyde Kluckhohn (January 11, 1905 in Le Mars, Iowa – July 28, 1960 near Santa Fe, New Mexico), was an American anthropologist and social theorist, best known for his long-term ethnographic work among the Navajo and his contributions to the development of theory of culture within American anthropology.

Samuel Andrew Stouffer (June 6, 1900 – August 24, 1960) was a prominent American sociologist and developer of survey research techniques. Stouffer spent much of his career attempting to answer the fundamental question: How does one measure an attitude?

Peter Henry Rossi (December 27, 1921 – October 7, 2006) was a prominent sociologist best known for his research on the origin of homelessness, and documenting the changing face of American homelessness in the 1980s. Rossi was also known for his work devising ways to evaluate federally funded initiatives in education, health services, crime control, and housing. He influentially applied his sociological expertise to affect related policy-making and funding agencies."
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