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oversocialized conception of Man
oversocialized conception of Man the charge (e.g. by Dennis Wrong, 1960) that functionalist theory, including the work of DURKHEIM and PARSONS, in answering ‘the Hobbesian question‘ of what ‘makes possible an enduring society‘ has tended to overstate the ‘internalization of values‘. Likewise, Marxian sociology is also seen as often taking an ‘overintegrated view of society‘ in answering the question how ‘complex societies manage and regulate and restrain … conflicts between groups‘. See also SOCIAL INTEGRATION AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION.
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1961 "The Oversocialized Conception of Man
in Modern Sociology." American Sociological Review 26(2):183-193.
Dennis Wrong, The Oversocialized Conception of Man
. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Transaction Publishers, 1999, 322 + xviii pp.
I remember quite clearly my initial surprise when I first read Dennis Wrong's famous "The Oversocialized Conception of Man
in Modern Sociology." I belong to the generation of students that was treated to Parsons as a strawman only to be ritually slaughtered at the beginning of every lecture series.