Talcott Parsons was a sociologist who developed models that influenced a

Talcott parsons was a sociologist who developed

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Talcott Parsons was a sociologist who developed models that influenced a generation of sociologists (Henslin 11). Parsons developed what he called “pattern variables” which showed the contrasting values in which individuals orient themselves in social interaction (Binns 7). One of these pattern variables was called self vs. collective. A person who was considered more self-oriented acted more in their own personal interests, rather than the collective interests of others. Another pattern variable was universalism vs. particularism. A person could have a universal orientation, meaning that they acted the same towards everyone, or a particular orientation, meaning that they behaved towards certain individuals differently based on social class or obligation. These pattern variables were developed by Parsons as a blueprint for society and human interaction. All of these theories, while conflicting, have validity. These sociologists paved the way for sociology and social reform today. Now, we continue to rely on these old principles while creating new ones. It is our hope that the field of sociology will continue to grow and contribute towards a better generation.
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Works Cited Binns, David. Beyond the Sociology of Conflict . St. Martins Press, 1978. Henslin, James M., and John D. Carl. Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach . Pearson Learning Solutions, 2017. 4th ed. print.
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