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By Talcott Parsons

Talcott Parsons wishes little advent to a person familiar with the literature of sociology. Few males have ruled their fields loads as Dr. Parsons does his. during this number of nineteen essays, Dr. Parsons focuses his awareness on topics starting from the social constitution of Japan to propaganda and social regulate, from sociological points of Fascist hobbies to where of psychoanalysis in society. additionally handled are such issues as: The function of principles in social motion, the incentive of monetary actions, American social constitution, social sessions and sophistication clash, and the customers for modern sociological idea. the full physique of essays awarded the following belongs within the huge box of "application" of sociological concept. It stands within the line of medical improvement of the main complex thoughts for sociological research and assessment of knowledge.

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Similarly, the definition of the situation with reference to religious interests could have no meaning apart from the contention that it made a difference to the is course of action what ends, among the various alternatives, were chosen. Not only ends, is it action normatively oriented in the sense of pursuing is also subject to certain normative conditions, to rules which guide it. " From some points of view, such rules may be considered themselves as ends, but they are not the immediate ends of the course of action under analysis.

In business this will involve ' \ ' official position in the firm, in- come, and that rather intangible but none the less important thing, "reputation," as well as perhaps particular "honors" such as election to clubs and the like. In medicine it will similarly involve size and character of practice, income, hospital and possibly medical school appointments, honors, and again reputation. The essential goals in the two cases would appear to be substantially the same, objective achievement and recognition: the difference lies in the different paths to the similar goals, which are in turn determined by the differences in the respective occupational situations.

We speak of the doctor as issuing "orders" even though we know that the only "penalty" for not obeying them is possible injury to the patient's own health. A lawyer generally gives "advice" but if the client knew just as well what to do it would be unnecessary for him to consult a lawyer. This professional authority has a peculiar sociological structure. superior status, as is It is not as such based on a the authority a Southern white assume over any Negro, nor is it dom" moral character. in general or of higher generally man tends to a manifestation of superior "wisIt is rather based on the superior "technical competence" of the professional man.

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