The contemporary crisis and the social relations department at Harvard: A case study in hegemony and disintegration

  title={The contemporary crisis and the social relations department at Harvard: A case study in hegemony and disintegration},
  author={Barry V. Johnston},
  journal={The American Sociologist},
The history of sociology is marked by periods of theoretical pluralism and hegemony. Their interplay has resulted in the slow and uneven development of the discipline. Today, however, bodies of theory and practice have become so diverse that many scholars worry that sociology is in a state of disintegration. The theoretical career of Talcott Parsons provides a microcosm in which to explore similar processes. Building on the success of The Structure of Social Action, Parsons led a movement that… 
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