By Talcott Parsons
A set of essays which stories the theoretical challenge of relationships among social constitution and character, and the way those diversified relationships advantage particular remedy for specific reasons. Parsons concludes that during the bigger photograph, their interdependencies are so intimate that bringing them jointly in an interpretive synthesis is significant if a balanced knowing of the complicated as a complete is to be attained.
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In the extreme case of very high frame strength, the choice of the “best” alternative is so certain that, subjectively, there is no “choice”: There is only one course of action and that can easily become a habit in which case activation of the goal directly also activates a particular kind of action (see Aarts and Dijksterhuis, 2000). For example, when going to work, people may not think about whether to take the car or the train (even though the train would be the second-best alternative), but take for granted that the car is the way to go to work.
Building Blocks of the Theory The building blocks of the theory are based on the following guiding ideas: In any action situation, the individual’s attention is selective, which implies that certain aspects of the situation are pushed into the foreground and others into the background, and the individual becomes more sensitive to changes in certain situational clues, less sensitive to others. At the same time, certain concepts become highly accessible, others are inhibited; certain emotions are aroused; and so forth.
Strong solidarity relationships (such as close friendships) involve much higher expected sacrifices than weak solidarity relationships (such as a relationship between neighbors), and the two also differ in distributional norms (equality versus equity). But failure to behave prosocially in all five kinds of sacrifice situations (if and when they occur) is likely to be interpreted as a lack of solidarity in both strong and weak solidarity relationships. An opportunistic relationship does not involve any prosocial behavior.