chapter  5
The neo-functionalist attempt to revive Parsonian sociology
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In Chapter 4 I tried, via a critical discussion of Elias’s work, to elaborate the fundamental distinction between figurational and institutional structures. In this chapter I shall look at recent attempts to revive Parsonian functionalism and evolutionism, and show how certain Marxist conceptual tools can help us establish more adequate linkages between institutional and figurational wholes.