Parsons & Merton

Main Points Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action (Parsons) For Parsons, action revolves around living organisms and their behavior(s). This behavior has four aspects to it: it has ends or a goal to attain, is regulated by norms, and occurs within a situational context, all of which is somehow driven by an underlying […]

Durkheim to the Rescue

Emile Durkheim was a very important figure of sociology. Not saying that Weber or Marx isn’t but Durkheim’s critique of society paved the way and actually opened the door for sociological methods and practice. Similar to Weber’s notion of understanding an individual’s behavior by the states of mind or motivations that guide it, Durkheim’s primary […]

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