chapter  6
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Structures, Functions and Culture

Talcott Parsons burst on the scene of American social thought in the years just after the publication in 1937 of an astonishing theoretical masterpiece, The Structure of Social Action . At the time, he was a young, but rising,

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notable at Harvard in the earliest years of the Department of Sociology. In 1944, seven years after this book, he had become the leader of the Department and a major fi gure in American sociology.