Family, Socialization and Interaction Process by Talcott Parsons

By Talcott Parsons

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In the concluding chapter we shall then attempt to evaluate the evidence we have presented for the question of their more general significance. The first of these concerns the nature of the processes of differentiation in systems of action. In the sense of process, as distinguished from structural type, this is explicitly a major theme at three main points in the book. It has already been introduced with reference to the problem of assessing the significance of recent changes in the American family.

But this common culture is in fact constitutive of the structural framework of both orders of system, particularly in the form of patterns of value-orientation. Does this then mean that there is no difference, that social systems are simply resultants of a plurality of personalities, or a society is simply the "personality writ large" as has so often been contended ever since Plato? Or is the personality simply a "microcosm" of the society? We think not, quite definitely not. Such views overlook some very fundamental considerations.

V, Sec. iv. FAMILY, SOCIALIZATION AND INTERACTION PROCESS as is the case in so much current psychological thinking, conceived simply as a set of properties of the organism, and not as an analytically independent system, we feel that the way to a solution is blocked. " Underlying the contention that it is fruitful to treat personality as a system of action, is the view that all systems of action, including both personality systems and social systems, consist as structures, of the "crystallization" of symbolically generalized meaningful orientations of actors to objects in their situations and the organization of the systems in these terms.

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