The origin of values is a stimulating collection robert e lane contemporary sociology the book succeeds in making its case that a multidisciplinary science of values is an important and neglected field of investigation. In sociology the meaning of value is different from meaning of value in economics or philosophy for example in economics values means price social values form an important part of the culture of the society values account for the stability of social order they provide the general guidelines . The fact that values differ from culture to culture and century to century opens many questions in the origin of values raymond boudon offers empirical data based analysis of existing theories about values while developing his own perspective as to why people accept or reject value statements. The history of the concept of values is reviewed from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present work on values rose to preeminence under talcott parsons and his associates during 1950 1965 nevertheless the theory they produced was flawed it lacked sophisticated empirical support imposed preordained categories on reality and was formulated at an unresearchable level of abstraction
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