In the last decades of his life, Talcott Parsons was often indicted as conservative. More recently, his analyses of contemporary society have been perceived as obsolete. In the present paper, I argue that both these accounts are wrong. Parsons’s biographical and intellectual profile is clearly – and rather consistently – that of a New Deal liberal. His “ate” works, moreover, articulate an original view of the integrative processes in modern societies that is still both theoretically compelling and politically relevant. Parsons’s view of modernity has made possible the development of a sophisticated theory of societal pluralism, able to deal analytically with the astonishing variety of structural strains (and resources) arising from an increasingly diverse – in racial, religious, ethnic, sexual and moral terms - membership in contemporary societies. His sociological enthusiasm for inclusion has never been blind to the likelihood of backlashes and the strength of discontent such inclusion may bring. His work provides thus some important directions in the current storm.

A Blueprint for Inclusion: Talcott Parsons, the Societal Community and the Future of Universalistic Solidarities / Sciortino, G.. - In: THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGIST. - ISSN 0003-1232. - ELETTRONICO. - 2020:(2020), pp. 1-19. [10.1007/s12108-020-09470-0]

A Blueprint for Inclusion: Talcott Parsons, the Societal Community and the Future of Universalistic Solidarities

Sciortino, G.
2020

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In the last decades of his life, Talcott Parsons was often indicted as conservative. More recently, his analyses of contemporary society have been perceived as obsolete. In the present paper, I argue that both these accounts are wrong. Parsons’s biographical and intellectual profile is clearly – and rather consistently – that of a New Deal liberal. His “ate” works, moreover, articulate an original view of the integrative processes in modern societies that is still both theoretically compelling and politically relevant. Parsons’s view of modernity has made possible the development of a sophisticated theory of societal pluralism, able to deal analytically with the astonishing variety of structural strains (and resources) arising from an increasingly diverse – in racial, religious, ethnic, sexual and moral terms - membership in contemporary societies. His sociological enthusiasm for inclusion has never been blind to the likelihood of backlashes and the strength of discontent such inclusion may bring. His work provides thus some important directions in the current storm.
Sciortino, G.
A Blueprint for Inclusion: Talcott Parsons, the Societal Community and the Future of Universalistic Solidarities / Sciortino, G.. - In: THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGIST. - ISSN 0003-1232. - ELETTRONICO. - 2020:(2020), pp. 1-19. [10.1007/s12108-020-09470-0]
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