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Introduction: text and context; The Structure of Social Action: can modernity survive?; McCarthyism and the end of ideology; Agency and structure; Parsons contra sociology; Conclusion: what was the Parsons project about?; Methodological appendix: the lives of others: biography as a form of data collection
John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was formerly Professor of Sociology and Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. His main research interests are the relation between social theory and explanation and social stratification and inequality. Contributors: John Holmwood, Whitney Pope, Jere Cohen, Lawrence Hazelrigg, Charles Camic, George C. Homans, Alfred Schutz, Dennis Wrong, R. Stephen Warner, Ralf Dahrendorf, Anthony Giddens, Don C. Martindale, Thomas Burger, Hans P. Adriaansen, Robert K. Merton, Alvin Gouldner, Miriam Johnson, David Lockwood, Jurgen Habermas, Hans Joas, Jeffery C. Alexander, Richard Munch, Talcott Parsons.