Talcott Parsons (December 13, 1902 – May 8, 1979) was an American sociologist who served on the faculty of Harvard University from 1927 to 1973.  Parsons developed a general theory for the study of society called action theory, based on the methodological principle of voluntarism and the epistemological principle of analytical realism.

Talcott Parsons (December 13, 1902 – May 8, 1979) was an American sociologist who served on the faculty of Harvard University from 1927 to 1973. Parsons developed a general theory for the study of society called action theory, based on the methodological principle of voluntarism and the epistemological principle of analytical realism.

The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons ( Anthem Companions to Sociology) (Hardcover)

Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons (Hardcover)

The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons ( Anthem Companions to Sociology) (Hardcover)

The Social Thought of Talcott Parsons ( Social Thinkers) (Paperback)

Social Thought of Talcott Parsons (Paperback) (Helmut Michael Staubmann)

Talcott Parsons : Despair and Modernity (Hardcover) (Shaun Best)

Talcott Parsons : Despair and Modernity (Hardcover) (Shaun Best)

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Talcott Parsons Today: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology

Talcott Parsons Today: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology (Paperback)

Talcott Parsons Today: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology

Talcott Parsons: strukturfunktionalistische Systemtheorie

Talcott Parsons: strukturfunktionalistische Systemtheorie

What you're looking at is Talcott Parsons' model of the nuclear family. Brought in during the 1950's and 1960's when structural functionalism was at its peak, this model was known as the way to ascertain the duties and labor to whatever gender a person identified themselves as. Gender inequality, says the functionalist, is a way to maximize to efficiency of labor. Labor roles were predefined--women would be labeled as the main caretakers and men provided for the family.

What you're looking at is Talcott Parsons' model of the nuclear family. Brought in during the 1950's and 1960's when structural functionalism was at its peak, this model was known as the way to ascertain the duties and labor to whatever gender a person identified themselves as. Gender inequality, says the functionalist, is a way to maximize to efficiency of labor. Labor roles were predefined--women would be labeled as the main caretakers and men provided for the family.

After Parsons: A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty-First Century

After Parsons: A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)

After Parsons: A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty-First Century

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