This is the updated opening episode about Parsons' groundbreaking work The Structure of Social Action that was first published 1937. In this opener, I will take up the problem of social order which is so central to the book and sociology in general.
In this episode, I attend to Simmel's famous text The Metropolis and The Mental Life which was published in 1903. It seems as if this one has aged pretty well and may still be a valid description of the urban lifestyle.
In this episode, I introduce one of sociology's most important, yet, most difficult works: Talcott Parsons' two-volume epos The Structure of Social Action, originally published in 1937. Aside from a brief overview and introduction, I am also going to...